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Disney+ downloads will disappear from devices if a title is pulled from the service

Disney will offer Disney+ subscribers the ability to download films and TV shows on the streaming service for offline viewing, but if those titles were to leave, so go the downloads. Multiple news outlets have reported that even if select titles get taken off the service, subscribers who have those same titles already downloaded will…

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Disney+ downloads will disappear from devices if a title is pulled from the service

Disney will offer Disney+ subscribers the ability to download films and TV shows on the streaming service for offline viewing, but if those titles were to leave, so go the downloads.

Multiple news outlets have reported that even if select titles get taken off the service, subscribers who have those same titles already downloaded will be able to keep them. The reports were based on remarks made by Disney CEO Bob Iger at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit. Iger hinted at preexisting contract issues that could result in titles leaving the service in the coming years, but he reiterated that “by and large, almost all of it will be there.”

“If you’re a subscriber, you can download it and put it on a device, and it will stay on the device as long as you continue to subscribe,” Iger said. “If you wanted to download 10 classic Disney films that may not have all been available at once before, you can do that, basically fill all of your hard drive on one of your devices, and you or your child can watch wherever they are.”

A Disney representative told The Verge that Iger’s remarks were misconstrued. As long as titles are on Disney+, they’re available for download. Once those movies and TV shows leave the service, they won’t be available as downloads, the representative confirmed. Iger was mainly speaking to Disney+ subscribers’ ability to download a number of popular films and TV series from the Disney vault that were previously unavailable.

This isn’t something that people will have to worry about for quite some time. Due to earlier contracts between Disney and Netflix, some titles may end up on Netflix again, according to Bloomberg. An earlier deal between Disney and Netflix could result in movies that are exclusive on Disney+ in 2020 heading to Netflix in 2026. There’s always a chance that Disney could work out a deal with Netflix within that timeframe that would allow movies to remain on Disney+, too.

Disney first announced that it was pulling its titles from Netflix in August 2017, just a few years after the companies signed a nine-figure deal allowing Netflix to carry new Disney movies. Disney’s live-action and animated titles will leave Netflix by January 1st, 2020, just a couple of months after Disney+ launches.

Disney+ will launch on November 12th for $6.99 a month. Customers can also purchase a one-year plan for $69.99. Disney is offering a bundle with sports streaming service ESPN+ and ad-supported Hulu for $12.99 a month, rivaling Netflix’s most popular subscription plan.

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TikTok owner ByteDance denies it’s exploring selling stake in popular app

ByteDance is not currently exploring selling its stake in TikTok, despite a report from Bloomberg stating that preliminary conversations were held as scrutiny from US officials grows. TikTok head Alex Zhu sent an internal note to staff addressing the report, which was obtained by Reuters. Zhu told employees that “from time to time you may…

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TikTok owner ByteDance denies it’s exploring selling stake in popular app

ByteDance is not currently exploring selling its stake in TikTok, despite a report from Bloomberg stating that preliminary conversations were held as scrutiny from US officials grows.

TikTok head Alex Zhu sent an internal note to staff addressing the report, which was obtained by Reuters. Zhu told employees that “from time to time you may read stories in the media that are not true,” and called Bloomberg’s report inaccurate. Zhu added that executives haven’t hosted any “discussions with potential buyers of TikTok, nor do we have any intention to.” A TikTok representative also told Bloomberg that “these rumors are completely meritless.”

Bloomberg’s report arrives as TikTok continues to recent attention from US officials, with some senators warning the app could be a security threat. Advisors to ByteDance executives recommended “everything from an aggressive legal defense and operational separation for TikTok to sale of a majority stake,” according to Bloomberg. The company could maintain it doesn’t present any security threat when asked by US officials. ByteDance wants to maintain full control of TikTok, Bloomberg also reported, especially as the app continues to surge in popularity.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is looking into ByteDance’s $1 billion purchase of Musical.ly in 2017. An investigation could determine if ByteDance has to divest Musical.ly assets, which helped build the TikTok platform. CFIUS has begun asking questions, and may recommend measures TikTok can take to “avoid divesting the Musical.ly assets it acquired,” according to Reuters. The investigation comes as tensions between the United States and China grow.

“I remain deeply concerned that any platform or application that has Chinese ownership or direct links to China, such as TikTok, can be used as a tool by the Chinese Communist Party to extend its authoritarian censorship of information outside China’s borders and amass data on millions of unsuspecting users,” Senator Marco Rubio stated.

ByteDance has attempted to address concerns through a couple of initiatives. The company has tried to work with more American groups, including hiring an independent American law firm in October to review TikTok’s content moderation practices. Another American firm was hired to review the company’s security practices. The firm found that TikTok could not have transmitted user data from the China within the period they investigated.

Despite the company’s efforts to try and work with American firms, the more pressing issue is whether ByteDance — a company valued at $78 billion — can change people’s perceptions of using a Chinese-owned app. As The Verge’s Casey Newton wrote in November:

As pressure escalates on TikTok, the company may find that it has few levers of support to pull on. Putting its executives forward outside the friendly confines of a press release would be a start. But so long as the Chinese government is looming behind the company’s business practices, TikTok faces a credibility gap — and it’s not clear what, if anything, can close it.

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New Samsung Galaxy Buds appear to be on the way, and they might have better battery life

Filings for what appear to be a new set of Samsung Galaxy Buds have hit the FCC, indicating that a new version of Samsung’s wireless earbuds might be arriving soon — and the filings have a tantalizing piece of information that might indicate improved battery life (via Droid Life). In a diagram of where the…

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New Samsung Galaxy Buds appear to be on the way, and they might have better battery life

Filings for what appear to be a new set of Samsung Galaxy Buds have hit the FCC, indicating that a new version of Samsung’s wireless earbuds might be arriving soon — and the filings have a tantalizing piece of information that might indicate improved battery life (via Droid Life).

In a diagram of where the required FCC labeling may appear on the new Galaxy Buds, you can see that each bud may have a capacity of “300mA,” and that the case may have a capacity of “600mA.” That could theoretically mean up to triple the battery life for each bud over the Galaxy Buds on the market today, and a slight improvement in battery life for the case.

Diagram of FCC label, with my emphasis in red.
Image: FCC

You shouldn’t necessarily trust those numbers, though, because for the original Galaxy Buds, the battery ratings in its FCC filings were higher than the ones on the retail product.

It’s worth noting that the current Galaxy Buds already have good battery life compared to other wireless earbuds. The base AirPods, for example, get about five hours on a single charge, while the Galaxy Buds were advertised at six hours for the buds and seven hours of reserve for the case. In his review, former Verge staffer Vlad Savov found real-world usage to be in line with Samsung’s estimates.

The FCC filings don’t have any other pictures, though, so we don’t know what the buds or case might look like, and we don’t know how much they might cost. The filings also don’t give us much of a clue about when the new Galaxy Buds might come out, as filings often show up weeks or months before products hit the market.

However, Samsung is reportedly planning to unveil the Galaxy S11 and a new vertically folding Galaxy Fold in February, so perhaps Samsung will debut the new Galaxy Buds in February as well.

When emailed for comment about the filings, a Samsung spokesperson said they had nothing to share.

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Axiom Verge 2 Announced

Indie hit Axiom Verge is officially getting a sequel, developer Tom Happ announced Tuesday as part of Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase. The follow-up to the 2015 Metroid-inspired platformer is simply named Axiom Verge 2, and Happ said he’s been quietly working on it for the past four years. The sequel is set to launch in…

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Axiom Verge 2 Announced

Indie hit Axiom Verge is officially getting a sequel, developer Tom Happ announced Tuesday as part of Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase.

The follow-up to the 2015 Metroid-inspired platformer is simply named Axiom Verge 2, and Happ said he’s been quietly working on it for the past four years. The sequel is set to launch in Fall of 2020.

From the looks of its reveal trailer, Axiom Verge 2 will generally follow a similar 2D Metroidvania formula to the original, though its pixel art graphics are potentially a slightly higher resolution and certainly a bit brighter in parts compared to the original. The words “you are not in control, you are not yourself, you belong to us now” could also be seen on screen, hinting at the plot it may follow.

We gave Axiom Verge a 7.9 in our 2015 review, praising its weapons, character progression, and impressive bosses, but saying its world wasn’t as engrossing as the one in Metroid that it was so clearly inspired by.

You can read through every announcement from Tuesday’s Nintendo Indie World Showcase, including the reveal of Golf Story Sequel called Sports Story, and read our full Axiom Verge review here.

Tom Marks is IGN’s Deputy Reviews Editor and resident pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.

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