How to pick the best MacBook so you’re not overspending for what you don’t need

A new MacBook Air running M2 chip is seen displayed during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, June 6, 2022. Peter Dasilva | Reuters Apple has five MacBook computers to choose from, which might be a little daunting if you’re in the market for a new laptop as we hit back-to-school season. There’s the new MacBook Air, for example, but Apple also sells its older 2020 MacBook Air. Then there are three different MacBook Pro computers to pick from. Your choice will depend on what you use…

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How do people in Asia-Pacific feel about travel right now? It depends on where they live

For the most part, residents of Asia-Pacific can travel again. But some are more confident about packing their bags than others. Travel confidence is “diverse and nuanced” in the region, according to a new survey commissioned by the travel website Booking.com. Some 11,000 people in the region were polled about their comfort levels and concerns, as well as their willingness to tolerate the types of disruptions that have become common since the pandemic began.  The rankings The survey results were published in Booking.com’s inaugural “Travel Confidence Index,” which ranked the…

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The CEOs of Disney and Devon Energy deliver upbeat outlooks to CNBC

The CEOs of two Club holdings spoke to CNBC on Thursday: Walt Disney Co. ‘s (DIS) Bob Chapek and Devon Energy’s (DVN) Rick Moncrief. Here what you need to know: Disney CEO Disney’s third-quarter results, released Wednesday night , show a company that’s pretty much firing on all cylinders as its highly profitable theme park business booms and the entertainment giant invests in growing its streaming services. Chapek told CNBC he’s seeing no signs of a slowdown at Disney’s theme parks, rebuffing Wall Street worries that pent-up demand accumulated during…

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Disney is raising prices, but this time, don’t blame inflation

Another major American company is raising prices again, but this time, don’t blame inflation. Disney is increasing the price on its streaming products and signaled that a price hike could be in the works at its theme parks as well. On Wednesday, the company said the price of Disney+ without ads is jumping $3 per month to $10.99 starting Dec. 8. Hulu with ads will increase by $1 per month to $7.99, and Hulu without ads will jump $2 per month to $14.99. Then on Thursday, Disney Chief Executive Officer…

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Disney raises price on ad-free Disney+ 38% to $10.99 as part of new pricing structure for streaming services

The Disney+ website on a laptop computer in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, on Monday, July 18, 2022. Gabby Jones | Bloomberg | Getty Images Disney unveiled a new pricing structure that incorporates an advertising-supported Disney+ as part of an effort to make its streaming business profitable. Starting Dec. 8 in the U.S., Disney+ with commercials will be $7.99 per month — currently the price of Disney+ without ads. The price of ad-free Disney+ will rise 38% to $10.99 — a $3 per month increase. The price of…

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Disney subscriber growth blows past estimates, as company beats on top and bottom line

A performer dressed as Mickey Mouse entertains guests during the reopening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Friday, April 30, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images If Disney+’s subscriber growth is any indication, the rumors that the global streaming market is nearing saturation have been proven untrue. On Wednesday, the Walt Disney Company reported that total Disney+ subscriptions rose to 152.1 million during the fiscal third quarter, higher than the 147 million analysts had forecast, according to StreetAccount. The streaming space has been in a…

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WWE discloses another $5 million in McMahon payments, delays earnings report

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon (L) and wrestler Triple H appear in the ring during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 Ethan Miller | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images World Wrestling Entertainment disclosed another $5 million in payments made by former CEO Vince McMahon and delayed its earnings report, according to an SEC filing. The update comes after a disclosure of $14.6 million in previously unrecorded expenses paid out by McMahon, and his retirement from the company. The…

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Samsung just announced its newest folding phones, starting at $999

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Samsung Samsung on Wednesday announced its newest foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4.  The $999.99 Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the $1,799.99 Galaxy Z Fold 4 look very similar to last year’s Flip 3 and Fold 3. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a small pocketable square that opens up to reveal a 6.7-inch screen inside. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a skinny phone that opens like a book to reveal a tablet-sized 7.6-inch screen. Samsung said both…

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Google pushes Apple to adopt a new kind of text messaging, criticizes ‘green bubbles’

Android mascots are lined up in the demonstration area at the Google I/O Developers Conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Beck Diefenbach | Reuters Google, the developer of the Android, is increasing the pressure on Apple to adopt RCS, a next-generation standard for text messaging. It argues that Apple’s support of RCS would help prevent some of the problems that arise when iPhone users text with Android owners. Currently, images and video don’t show as clearly as they could, for example, and texts can’t be sent over Wi-Fi…

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Paris Hilton will sell NFTs and hold virtual parties in The Sandbox metaverse platform

Paris Hilton this week announced that her company, 11:11 Media, will bring her world to the immersive virtual gaming world of The Sandbox. There, she’ll launch a “land,” in which she’ll interact with her fans and sell digital goods. The platform said Hilton “is planning social and community events such as rooftop parties and glamorous social experiences in her virtual Malibu mansion” — with 11 versions of Hilton-inspired avatars. The Sandbox, which describes itself as a leading “decentralized virtual world” that is “part virtual real estate, part amusement park,” has 300…

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