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Apple debuts games arcade, movie streaming

Apple has lifted the curtain on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets to stream television shows and movies.

The launch was the centrepiece of an event at Apple’s California headquarters that focused on the technology company’s services, not its hardware, as it deals with declining sales of its iPhone.

Apple also introduced updates to its payment system, launched a games arcade, and added magazines to its news app.

Hollywood celebrities trekked to Apple’s home to help debut a revamped Apple TV digital storefront. Apple has commissioned programming from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Apple’s jump into original entertainment signals a fundamental shift in its business as sales of hardware money-makers drop off.

Without another category-defining new gadget announced to the public, Apple is looking to rely more on selling subscriptions and services such as video, music and hardware insurance.

Throughout their presentation, Apple executives stressed privacy protections for consumers as they shop and consume content across a range of Apple phones, iPads or other hardware.

They also emphasised content that would appeal to young audiences, potentially setting the stage for a rivalry with Walt Disney.

The company led off the event with an announcement that its free news app will now come in a paid-subscription version, called Apple News Plus, which curates a range of news articles and will include 300 magazines including National Geographic, People, Popular Science, Billboard and the New Yorker. Apple said it would cost $US9.99 ($A14) a month.

Apple also introduced a titanium, laser-etched Apple Card backed by Goldman Sachs Group and Mastercard that can track spending across devices and pay daily cash back on purchases.

Chief executive Tim Cook also said Apple Pay, its digital wallet, will soon be usable on public transit systems in four US cities: Portland, Oregon, Chicago and New York City.

Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries by the end of the year.

The company also introduced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will work on phones, tablets and desktop computers and include games from a range of developers.

With its new media push, Apple joins a crowded field where rivals such as Amazon.com’s Prime Video and Netflix have spent heavily to capture viewer attention and dollars with award-winning series and films.

The big tech war for viewers ignited a consolidation wave among traditional media companies preparing to join the fray. Walt Disney Co, which bought 21st Century Fox, and AT&T, which purchased Time Warner, plan to launch or test new streaming video services this year.

Revenue from its “services” segment, which includes the App Store, iCloud and content businesses such as Apple Music, grew 24 per cent to $US37.1 billion in fiscal 2018.

The segment accounted for only about 14 per cent of Apple’s overall $US265.6 billion in revenue, but investors have pinned their hopes on growth in the segment.

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Kirra Surfriders Club trailer and equipment stolen ahead of major event

The Kirra Surfriders Club are desperately calling for help from the public, to locate a missing trailer with much needed equipment for an upcoming competition.

The trailer was reportedly stolen from the Kirra Hotel carpark on Saturday night, where thieves had to cut through a chain to take it.

It has since been spotted in the Palm Beach area, with the KSC logo (pictured below) ripped off.

Though the black and white eagle is still printed on it.

It’s believed a male and female were seen in a white duel cab 4WD ute, towing the trailer, and potentially heading for the M1.

The trailer has vital equipment for the upcoming ‘Kirra Teams Challenge’ which is beginning this weekend and bringing 37 different clubs from around the country to the Gold Coast.

Paul Sheehan, the President of the Club, says they’ve potentially lost a lot of important and expensive equipment.

“Tables, marquees, barbecues, generator, tents, bags of rash vests, all the stuff we use to run our monthly events, which we do use for this main event as well.

“The trailer was about $10,000 to get custom made, and it will cost about $10,000-$15,000 thousand to replace the equipment.

“It’s about a $20,000 hole for us,” Mr Sheehan said.

He says despite the disappointing theft, this weekend’s event will still go ahead, thanks to the community.

“We’ve been pretty lucky, the community have come together and are going to lend us tents.

“Snapper Surfriders said we can borrow any of their equipment that we need.

“The community’s helping us get the event for the weekend done but we’re still going to have a big hole in the club after the event.

If anyone has any information about the trailer, please be in touch with the Queensland Police, or Kirra Surfriders through Facebook.

Man charged after highspeed chase on the M1, Gold Coast

A Gold Coast man will front court today, charged over multiple dangerous driving offences along the M1.

Police say a 2017 Holden Commodore was seen by a number of motorists speeding down the motorway around 11.00am yesterday.

Some witnesses report the car was doing more than 150 kilometres an hour.

Police eventually tracked the vehicle down and pulled it over at Mudgeeraba.

Officers will allege that when the 25-year-old driver did become violent before he was arrested.

He was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment to a small cut before being charged.

He’ll face charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, obstructing police, possessing utensils and false plates.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

New Zealand bans military-style semi-automatics, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines

EVERY weapon used in Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch will be banned in New Zealand under swift new gun laws announced on Thursday.

The ban will apply to all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and parts with the ability to convert firearms into semi-automatic-style weapons.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she hoped the law would be in place by April 11, at the end of the next two-week sitting session.

“I absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst New Zealanders, those who use guns for legitimate purposes, and those who have never touched one, that the time for the mass and easy availability of these weapons must end. And today they will,” Ms Ardern said.

“Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons.

“We will also ban all assault rifles. We will ban all high capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon.

“We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire.

“In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”

The Prime Minister acknowledged that many people who have these weapons will have bought them legally and said because of this, a buyback scheme would be established to incentivise their return.

“Fair and reasonable compensation” will be paid to owners for their weapons, Ardern said.

The buyback scheme is expected to cost between $100-$200 million.

“The estimate that has been made by officials is that the buyback could cost anywhere between $100 million and $200 million,” Ms Ardern said. “But that is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities.”

Ms Ardern said it is not known how many of these military-style semi-automatic weapons are in circulation in New Zealand.

“We’re very much in the dark as to how many of these are in circulation,” she said.

Ms Ardern warned gun dealers that the sales of these weapons “should now cease” and that stores should return their stock to suppliers.

The New Zealand Police Minister said anyone who applies to buy a military-style semi-automatic weapon before the ban comes into effect in three weeks is “wasting their time”.

Driver sets school bus on fire in Italy

A bus full of schoolchildren has been hijacked and set on fire by its own driver in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean.

All 51 children managed to escape unhurt before the bus was engulfed in flames on the outskirts of Milan, Italy’s business capital.

Police named the driver as Ousseynou Sy, a 47-year-old Italian citizen of Senegalese origin.

Police spokesman Marco Palmieri said Sy told police he shouted, “stop the deaths at sea, I’ll carry out a massacre”.

A video posted on Italian news sites on Wednesday showed the driver ramming the bus into cars on a provincial highway before the fire took hold.

Children can be seen running away from the vehicle screaming and shouting “escape”.

One of the children told reporters that the driver had threatened to pour petrol over them and set them alight.

One of the group managed to call police, who rushed to the scene and broke the bus windows to get everyone to safety.

Palmieri said some children were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure because they had bruises or were in a state of shock, but none suffered serious injuries.

A teacher who was with the middle school children was quoted by Ansa news agency as saying that the driver had said he wanted to get to the runway at Milan’s Linate airport.

An unnamed girl was also quoted as saying that Sy blamed deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio for the deaths of African migrants at sea.

The United Nations estimates that some 2297 migrants drowned or went missing in the Mediterranean in 2018 as they tried to reach Europe.

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