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Netflix confirm users will be charged if they share accounts

 - TV - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Netflix confirm users will be charged if they share accounts

This one is for all Netflix users who have managed to get off Scott-free by piggybacking off of someone else’s account – the new rule by the streaming giant means that this will soon be over.

Netflix have already been testing a feature which stops users from sharing passwords between addresses. Now they will be rolling out the feature widely, potentially meaning that millions of people using Netflix freely will have to pay. 

An option for ‘paid sharing’ will be made available, which costs less than a full subscription and offers the option to keep one account between several households. 

Netflix wrote in their report revealing their earnings that later in quarter 1, they expect to start rolling out paid sharing more broadly. 

“Today’s widespread account sharing (100million+ households) undermines our long-term ability to invest in and improve Netflix, as well as build our business.”

There will also be new features added which will allow Netflix to monitor which device are using the streaming service so that they will be able to track who is paying for what. 

This will of course come with some pushback, but the company is confident that the quality of the content will turn back those uneasy about the new features. 

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Ferrari unveil their first ever SUV: The Ferrari Purosangue

 - International - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Ferrari unveil their first ever SUV: The Ferrari Purosangue

It finally happened – a Ferrari SUV became a reality. It was just a matter of time before something like the Ferrari Purosangue.

The vehicle was unveiled at Teatro del Silenzio, Lajatico, on the 13th of September 2022 and it is the brand’s first four-door, four-seater SUV. In the 75-year-long history of Ferrari, the prancing horse performance-car manufacturer finally decided to give its customers what they wanted. 

This came after Lamborghini, Bentley and Aston Martin adopted the SUV trend, but being late to the party did not stop Ferrari. 

The engineers at Maranello, which is the home of Ferrari, took their time to manufacture their performance SUV. The last time Ferrari launched a 2+2 seater vehicle was when they unveiled the Ferrari FF. 

The Purosangue has four dedicated bucket seats, with sustainable interior materials including New Alcantara material, recycled polyester and recycling fishing nets. The vehicle also boasts 3D high-end surround system, carbon fibre components and the brand’s first ever active suspension system. 

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Aidan reportedly warned many times about social media posts

 - Local - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Aidan reportedly warned many times about social media posts

Singer Aidan Cassar was reportedly warned several times that he was breaking the Malta Eurovision Song Contest rules before his disqualification was announced. 

Organisers revealed on Tuesday evening via a PBS spokesperson talking to TVM News that the singer ignored multiple warnings and uploaded a number of unauthorised posts on social media. 

The announcement of disqualification came on Monday as his 2023 Eurovision Song entry ‘Reġina’ continued to amass popularity. According to competition rules, singers are not allowed to post about their entry from the quarter-final stage onwards. 

The spokesperson stated that singers were aware of the regulations as a meeting was held after the names of the quarter finalists were announced. 

“The publication of any social media post, promotion material, interviews or media presence/exposure from the announcement of the quarter-finalists onwards is strictly prohibited. Any breach of this clause will lead to automatic disqualification” read the official rules. 

The response to the disqualification was mixed. Whereas some backed the decision after finding out about the regulations, others, including Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi, defended the artist. 

Supporters of Aidan have lamented how these regulations only keep singers and other artists back from furthering their career. Peppi Azzopardi also stated that this almost happened in the past but Xarabank provided a voice to the artist to explain his side. 

The petition has so far reached around 900 signatures out of the now 1,000 goal. 

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Chris Hipkins replaces Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

 - International - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Chris Hipkins replaces Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

As Jacinda Ardern left her position as Prime Minister of New Zealand to a massive applause, Chris Hipkins was sworn in as her replacement. 

Sworn in by Governor-General Cindy Kiro during a capital in the capital Wellington, Hipkins stated that he was energised and excited by the challenges ahead.

The 44-year-old described his new post as the biggest privilege and responsibility of his life as he is now tasked with gaining the public’s trust in the government following massive economic setbacks brought on mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hipkins had built a reputation as the minister who led New Zealand’s COVID-19 strategy, receiving unanimous support to be promoted as leader of the country. 

With the upcoming general elections in October, Hipkins has a massive task of revitalising the popularity of his party as recent polls indicate that they trail behind the conservative National Party.

Hipkins also recently held the ministerial portfolios of education, police as well as public service. Nicknamed ‘Chippy’, he will be holding his first cabinet meeting on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Ardern, who said she no longer has ‘enough in the tank’ after leading the country through some of the toughest challenges, made her last public appearance as Prime Minister on Wednesday. 

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