Apple showed off its millionaire digital sales at Christmas and New Years

In the technology summary of the week, we also review the 11 planes that Amazon bought to improve their dispatches and the purchase of a mall by the creators of Fortnite.

At Christmas, phone sales in the US fell 23% in relation to 2019 due to the economic crisis produced by the pandemic. Gifts became more modest, according to Flurry Analytics. Despite this, of the 10 best-selling smartphones in that country, the first 9 are iPhones, led by SE, its “cheapest” model.

What was not spent on telephones, yes it was used in software. Apple posted the numbers for its app and game store and they are impressive. During the holiday season, App Store customers paid about $ 1.8 billion in digital goods and services between Christmas Eve and the New Year, driven primarily by games. In the same week of 2019, that figure “only” was US $ 1.42 billion. On January 1, 2021, that amount reached US $ 540 million, a new mark for a single day.

According to the firm’s numbers, the developers who sell their digital products have made more than US $ 200 billion since the App Store was launched, in the distant 2008. The most downloaded applications of 2020 were Zoom and Disney +, while in games the company highlighted the success of “Among Us” and a classic, such as “Roblox”.

One of the criticisms of Apple is that it charges 30% commission to the creators of the Apps, which has been harshly questioned by Facebook and Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, who sued the creator of the iPhone. A few days ago, the apple brand lowered its commission to 15%, although only for SMEs that bill less than a million dollars a year.

The e-commerce giant announced the purchase of 11 aircraft for your Amazon Air delivery fleet. There are four WestJet Boeing 767-300s, which will join the logistics network in 2021, and seven Delta planes that will be added in 2022, according to Amazon on its website.

Buying its own ships will allow Amazon to “continue to deliver to customers across the US in the way they expect,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air. This division will now have its own and leased aircraft to “better manage our operations.”

In total, Amazon Air already has 70 vehicles and this expansion comes at a time when people are increasingly relying on online shopping due to the pandemic.

How things change! The video game company Epic Games, which develops the popular Fortnite, bought the mall Cary Towne Center to build its new offices, which will be inaugurated in 2024. The huge space, located in Cary, North Carolina, is less than five kilometers from the current building of the company founded in 1991 and that has created classics such as Epic Pinball, Infinity Blade and the Unreal Tournament series.

The mall, with more than 350 thousand square meters of total space, will be partially demolished to house the meeting rooms, offices and recreational spaces of the new corporate building. If shopping centers were already down before the pandemic in the US, because of electronic commerce, the icon of the culture of consumerism has been living very low hours since 2020.




These are the most watched movies on Disney Plus

With 2020 coming to a close, these were the most viewed movies on Disney Plus for the year, with a few surprises. The data was provided by Flixpatrol, which monitors which are the most popular movies and series on different streaming services.

“Moana” was the most popular movie of 2020, which was not a huge surprise as it was consistently near the top of the trend chart every day, which is why Disney Plus will release a series based on the film.

The “Frozen” movies (both the first and second) were also among the most viewed.

“Hamilton” was also a huge success at Disney Plus, a production that garnered the most new subscribers during its premiere, even more than “Mulan,” “Frozen 2,” and “The Mandalorian.”

Also notable on the list is the great popularity of classic Christmas movies: “The Santa Clause,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Home Alone” managed to attract more viewers than the newer releases.

The list of the most viewed movies on Disney Plus is:

Frozen 2
Home Alone
Toy Story 4
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Mulan (2020)
Avengers: Endgame
The Santa Clause
Hocus Pocus
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Once Upon A Snowman
Toy Story
Incredibles 2
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil
The Lion King (2020)
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker


What streaming to hire today? Disney Plus, Netflix or Prime Video –

With an increasingly complete and, at the same time, more segmented entertainment offer, with new providers, series and movie lovers are wondering which streaming to hire today? With the recent launch of Disney Plus in Latin America, which achieved a massive success, plus the already established Netflix and the good response of Prime Video, it is difficult to choose one.

To them, Apple TV + is also added, perhaps the one with the least impact among streamers, since it has a small catalog compared to its rivals, although its proposals are 100% original, they were never seen on any other platform and they have with renowned actors, actresses and directors.

Depending on the budget of each family, you will have to choose one or the other, and if you allow it for at least two.

The good news is that with the exception of Netflix, they all offer a free trial period. Apple TV + and Disney + give us seven days free, while Amazon Prime Video is a bit more generous, with 30 days to scrutinize the content.

In our understanding, Disney Plus is almost indispensable. On the one hand, it has one of the most competitive prices on the market and has the amazing catalog of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, Marvel and some Fox content (which will no longer be called Fox, but for better understanding, we’ll leave it as Fox), including some seasons of The Simpsons. One of the strengths of Disney Plus is the series “The Mandalorian”, based on the “Star Wars” saga, as well as exclusive premieres of films such as “Mulán” and “Soul”, which will be added in 2021, expected series Marvel as “Loki” and “Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

Between Netflix and Prime Video is perhaps the biggest struggle from which to choose. Our preference is for Prime Video. Although the Netflix catalog is larger, Prime Video, owned by Amazon, offers series and movies that one cannot find on any other platform such as “24”, “The Good Wife”, “The Good Fight”, “Will & Grace », In addition to original quality productions. And, for this year, they will have the launch of the Diego Armando Maradona series, which will add many followers.

Netflix began to produce more original content, but it was losing its quality, although it still has more than attractive bets. Here it is a matter of taste. Surely, many will prefer Netflix, which is not bad. But, as we indicated above, it is worth trying Prime Video for 30 days for free and see the difference.

In relation to Apple TV +, it is difficult to recommend it as indispensable. There are well-known series like “The Morning Show”, “See”, “Defending Jacob”, “Ted Lasso” or “For all Manking” which many will find attractive, but the catalog is quite limited. And at $ 4.99 per month, it’s hard to justify the equation.

Subscribing to one or two is almost necessary to replace traditional cable. But do not forget that in 2021, new services such as HBO Max and Paramount + (relaunched) will arrive, which will also require our budget and will also have more than attractive content.


We remember: Netflix no longer offers the possibility of trying the service for free.


without quarantines or tests –

It is a very small list. If you are wondering which countries you can travel to without restrictions now, there are very few options for international tourists. Of course, within each country there are even variations, as in the United States where a quarantine is necessary in the state of New York, plus two negative PCR tests, while in the state of Florida, no requirement is requested. Of course, citizens of a large number of countries cannot enter, including those from Brazil or Europe.

The situation in Europe also varies, constantly, due to the constant increase in coronavirus cases. Europeans are allowed to move “freely” (with very large quotation marks) in the Old Continent, as well as foreigners with European passports.

Therefore, when we say to which countries you can travel without restrictions now, it is, without any quarantines or negative PCR tests or having a citizen of a particular country. Therefore, the list is very short.

At the time of publishing this report, those countries are: Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and Afghanistan.


It does not require any type of test or quarantine, just fill out a form called the “Traveler Risk Identification Questionnaire” that can be complete and download hereí.


It is not necessary to present any document, medical insurance or test or quarantine


Those entering Turkey will only go through a random medical check upon arrival.


No restrictions

Of course, there are many more options, but all include some type of requirement, in most cases, a negative PCR test and / or medical insurance that includes coverage against COVID-19.


U24 News | Crazy weather: How will the conditions be to close November?

Good day! After having a weekend with highs that exceeded 30 ° C, the temperature in the City of Buenos Aires drops again. We have a Monday with cool weather and clear skies. It feels a bit chilly on the last day of November, we actually returned to 12 ° C. How is the weather the rest of the week?

Although the sky is clear, we have a fresh and even cold morning in the City of Buenos Aires, something quite curious after having had a Sunday with 30 ° C. We detail how the weather will be the rest of the week.

Data from the National Meteorological Service 11/30

Now: 12.5 ° C

Minimum: 12 ° C

Maximum: 23 ° C

Chance of Rain: 0%

Humidity: 65%

Next forecast

Tomorrow we start December with very cool weather and partially cloudy skies.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, instability returns to the City of Buenos Aires.

For that day there are chances of rain in the afternoon and we will have a maximum temperature of 30 ° C.

As of Thursday, conditions return to normal until the weekend with mostly clear skies.

Also, the countdown begins to officially begin summer and end the year.


Is it worth subscribing to Disney Plus or Apple TV instead of Netflix? –

November 17 was one of the expected dates in all of Latin America because the new (and great) player in streaming proposals arrived, bringing an extensive catalog and original content. Is it worth hiring Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus or Prime instead of Netflix?

Disney Plus is an excellent bet from the entertainment giant that has many strengths: a library with 900 titles, with the great classics of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic, plus some Fox highlights such as The Simpsons (for now only two seasons) and movies like “X-Men.” Added to them are the originals, including “The Mandalorian” and exclusive premiere films for the platform such as “Mulan” (December 4) and “Soul” (December 25).

Disney Plus It also has an excellent user interface, easy to use, with large blocks that distribute the contents of each of the brands, a high image quality (which manages to sustain itself even with fluctuations in internet connections), the possibility of downloading content on up to 10 devices and view simultaneously on up to four, with seven different profiles.

Apple TV Plus, for its part released a year ago, does not have a library of old movies and series, but it does have a great extra. Everything on Apple TV Plus cannot and cannot be seen anywhere else. They are 100% original Apple content, some that got a great response from the audience and critics such as “The Morning Show.” And although their offer is limited in quantity, all are products with the seal of the apple company and are well worth enjoying or at least trying them: «For All Manking», «Defending Jaboc», «Ted Lasso», « Home Before Dark “,” Truth Be Told “,” The Banker “were some of our favorites.

Apple TV Plus it has excellent image quality, although its user interface may be somewhat confusing (in fact, quite confusing), and allows content to be downloaded and viewed simultaneously, as well as to make use of the Family Sharing function.

Both Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus offer a seven-day free trial, so it’s worth trying them out. If you are satisfied, you can keep them.

Disney Plus has several ace up its sleeves such as the 2021 premieres of “Wanda Vision”, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki”, among others, while Apple TV Plus will soon release the great science fiction proposal ” Foundation ”, based on the literary saga of one of the greatest writers of the genre: Isaac Asimov.

Prime Video has another giant behind it: Amazon. Its platform is not as elegant as those of Netflix or Disney, but it serves its purpose, with a lot of original content that began to be a trend. In addition, they have already secured the Diego Maradona series that will debut in 2021. It is also possible to try Amazon Prime Video for a period of 30 days.

Are they replacements for Netflix? They are actually add-ons. Possibly having a single service will make us lose a lot of content and proposals and, based on our budget, it is worth having two or three of them.




U24 News | Weather: Clear sky, although for many it is a dark day

This Thursday 11/26 we will have warm weather, with mostly clear skies and a temperature that will reach 26 ° C. There is no chance of rain, although for many the day is gray and even stormy due to the death of former soccer player Diego Armando Maradona. What is the forecast for the other days? We detail it to you.

According to the SMN we will have a Thursday with little cloudiness and a temperature that will reach 26 ° C in the City of Buenos Aires. The weekend the chances of rain return, although some feel that they are already in the middle of a storm due to the death of Maradona. Photo: NA

Data from the National Meteorological Service 11/25

Now: 18.4 ° C

Low: 18 ° C

Maximum: 26 ° C

Chance of Rain: 0%

Humidity: 34%

Next forecast

By Friday we will have mostly clear skies and a maximum temperature of 27 ° C.

Meanwhile, on the weekend the chances of rain return.

They are low, there is a 10-40% probability that a downpour will fall in the City of Buenos Aires.

Rain could appear in the afternoon and evening, both on Saturday and Sunday.


How to watch Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and Prime Video for free –

While more and more players in the streaming field, there is a possibility to try them and say which ones we like the most. Therefore, we review how worm Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and Prime video, among other services, free.

Disney Plus launched in Latin America on November 17, with an excellent pre-sale offer that culminated on November 16. However, it offers the possibility of watch Disney Plus in a 7-day trial period for free. A great option to analyze the catalog and original content such as “The Mandalorian” and classics from the Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic library.

Apple TV Plus also offers the option of a seven-day free trial and access to its 100% original content. Apple TV + does not have licensed material or an extensive catalog, but it is interesting to access series and movies that we will not find anywhere. From the renowned series “The Morning Show”, “See” or “Defending Jacob” to “Home Before Dark”, “Ted Lasso”, “The Ghostwriters” and more.

Prime Video has a slightly longer trial period, 30 days, and for this you have to register with Amazon.

Despite the competition, Netflix decided to stop offering trial periods (at least for now) and it remains to be seen what decision HBO Max makes when it launches in Latin America.

For now, if you are not sure what to hire, it is a good option to sign up for the trial period of Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and / or Amazon and decide which one or which to keep.


What to see on Disney Plus? Also series and Fox movies –

The entertainment giant touts its streaming service as the home for far and Disney Plus Disney, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, and Star Wars content. But the reality is that it offers much more than that, also with Fox series and movies. Why? Because Disney bought Fox, in an operation that became effective in March 2019, after paying $ 71.3 billion.

At the moment Disney is trying to keep the businesses separate, as it did with the purchase of two other giants: ESPN and Hulu (and many others). In fact, in the United States, in addition to subscribing to Disney Plus separately, one can purchase packages that include ESPN and Hulu.

For the same reason, to keep these businesses separate, is that not all the seasons of The Simpsons are available on Disney Plus and, at the moment, in Latin America there are only two: 29 and 30. Will there be more? Surely and, as with other Fox content, it will depend, on the one hand, on some specific licenses and on the other, on how the competition behaves and how Disney + wants to make use of that content.

Why? Disney will launch its new Star platform in 2021, which will be designed for a slightly more adult audience than Disney Plus, and which will contain material from Fox, ABC, FX, Freeform and Searchlight.

Among the series and movies that we can currently see on Disney Plus and that are from Fox, there are blockbusters such as “Avatar”; “My Poor Little Angel” 1, 2 and 3; “The Ice Age”, parts 1, 2 and 3; or the franchise “X-Men” (although it is based on Marvel material they were produced by Fox), among other proposals.



Why subscribe to Disney Plus? Which streaming is better? –

Tastes, tastes and tastes. It all comes down to personal taste. But there are also factual facts and reasons for subscribe to Disney Plus over other platforms, or, combine it with one in which one is subscribed.

Which streaming service is better? It is also subjective. Some stand out for their huge catalog, like Netflix. Disney Plus stands out for having a very competitive price, the entire Star Wars franchise, Disney films, Pixar and Marvel films, the attractive National Geographic and Fox productions.

Apple TV + has a more limited library, but with an advantage. All its contents are one hundred percent original and you will not be able to find them anywhere else, nor will you have ever seen them. In addition, each production bears the seal or participation of great names in entertainment: from Steven Spielberg, to JJ Abrams or Oprah or Chris Evans.

Prime Video is also another great bet. It has many original proposals (not at the level of Apple TV +), but it managed to arm itself with an attractive catalog, although it is limited to rights, so that, at some point we can see a complete series (such as “24” or “Will & Grace “) And sometimes only a few seasons (like” The Good Wife “). And this can change from one month to the next.

HBO Max will debut in Latin America in 2021. An analysis will have to be made of the content that Warner Bros. will end up offering and if it improved its streaming platform. The HBO GO is by far the worst, with an outdated interface and a load of series and movies out of this time.

Disney Plus has several advantages: it offers a single plan with Full HD or 4K definition, the possibility of viewing content on up to four devices at the same time, unlimited downloads of the entire library on up to ten devices and the option to create up to 7 profiles, with a super convenient price (see the different options for each country here).

Why subscribe to Disney Plus? There are all the classics of always and new productions that will be arriving week by week. And for those who believe that it is only family content, just enough sign up for the seven-day free trial and see that there is much to enjoy.