Apple Removes Vaping Apps From Store

Nov. 15, 2019 — Apple said Friday that it’s removed 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store worldwide.

The company said the now-banned apps — a mix of stores, social networks, news and games — will continue to work for people who already have them and can be transferred to new devices, CNN reported.

In June, Apple halted the promotion of vaping products in its app store and has not approved any new vaping-related apps since then.

“Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic. We agree, and we’ve updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted,” the company said in a statement.

The removal of the vaping-related apps was welcomed by groups such as the American Heart Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“By taking e-cigarette related apps off the App Store, Apple will help reduce youth exposure to e-cigarette marketing and discourage youth use of these products. Apple is setting a welcome example of corporate responsibility in protecting our kids,” Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in a statement, CNN reported.

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News Bytes: ‘Addams Family’ Original Songs, Apple TV+ Launch Date, Disney+ Pulls ‘Muppets,’ & More

‘Steven Universe The Movie’ Soundtrack Debuts in Top 10
Following its Sept. 2 release, the soundtrack debuted in the Top 10 of five Billboard charts, the week ending Sept. 14: #2 Soundtracks, #2 Children’s Top Albums, #6 Top Independent Albums, #8 Current Pop Albums, #9 Digital Albums, #19 Top Current Albums and #20 Billboard Top Albums. The expansive soundtrack continues to be available for download and streaming on all major platforms. Fans can grab a physical copy to treasure on Nov. 15, in both standard and deluxe vinyl sets — pre-orders now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and FYE.

Studio Movie Grill Expands Movies + Meals Program with DreamWorks/Pearl’s ‘Abominable’
Universal Pictures is offering multiple screenings at SMG theaters of Jill Culton’s upcoming yeti adventure. (Read all about it in Tom McLean’s feature story in the latest issue!) SMG Access launched nationwide last summer and is the only theater-loyalty program focused on positively impacting underserved children and local community members. Through their purchases, alongside rewards, loyal SMG guests are able to assist SMG outreach in offering movies and meals to local non-profits and under-resourced community members with the hope of harnessing the power of movies to inspire and change lives. Since the program’s inception, multiple studios have joined the movement, offering screenings and giving SMG the opportunity to give back more than 14,000 Movies + Meals in the program’s first year.

“We are delighted to support SMG’s efforts by offering screenings of Abominable to local non-profits providing services to underserved children in their communities and to join SMG guests in supporting purposeful outreach and a loyalty program designed to give back to local community members through Movies + Meals. Abominable celebrates friendships and the importance of family, and we can’t think of a better partner to help spread that message of kindness and empowerment than SMG.” — JIm Orr, Universal Pictures President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution

‘The Umbrella Academy’ S2 Adds Three to Cast
Ritu Arya (Humans) has been cast as “Lila,” a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic, Lila’s gifted with a twisted sense of humor. Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens) will play “Raymond,” a born leader with the smarts, gravitas and confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look. A devoted husband, he’s the kind of guy everyone wants to know. Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man) will be playing “Sissy,” a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom who married young for all the wrong reasons. Still in her prime, she’s eager to rediscover what life and love has to offer.

It was previously announced that Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min are set to reprise their roles. Production on season two is currently underway.

’The Muppets’ Disney+ Comedy Series Scrapped
Creators Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis (Once Upon a Time) and Josh Gad (Frozen) have departed Muppets Live Another Day due to creative differences, causing the to-be-launched streamer to scrap the project. Sources say the trouble started when Disney swapped in Disney Parks Live Ent. SVP David Lightbody to head Muppet Studios, with some different ideas on where to take Jim Henson’s beloved characters.

MGM’s ‘The Addams Family’ Scares Up Musical Superstars for Original Songs
The first track to be released, “My Family,” is performed by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg and drops Friday, September 13. The song was written by Antonina Armato, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Carolina Giraldo, Danny Parra, Tim James, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. and Vic Mizzy and was produced by Rock Mafia. The track is being released by MGM Records and distributed by 12 Tone Music. “Haunted Heart,” performed by Christina Aguilera, was written by Antonina Armato, Aguilera and Tim James and was also produced by Rock Mafia, to be released later this month by RCA Records ahead of the film’s debut. Both songs will be available for streaming and \or download at all major music retail digital platforms.

The Addams Family arrives in theaters Oct. 11 — read all about it in the November issue of Animation Magazine!

Apple TV+ Launches November 1
The new service will be available on the Apple TV App worldwide for $ 4.99 per month (free for a year with purchase of any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac as of today), and shareable with up to six people with Family Sharing. At launch, subscribers can catch exclusive originals like See (a post-apocalyptic thriller set 600 years in the future when surviving humans are all blind, starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard), Sesame Workshop’s Helpsters and new Peanuts/DHX animation Snoopy in Space.

Steven Universe soundtrack

Steven Universe soundtrack

The Muppets

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Could Your Apple Watch Spot Dangerous A-Fib?

By Dennis Thompson

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — That shiny new Apple Watch you got this holiday could potentially alert you to heart trouble you didn’t know you had.

The watch contains a simple electrocardiogram (ECG) that tracks your heart rhythm and can detect the presence of atrial fibrillation (“A-fib”), an irregular heartbeat that increases your risk for stroke and heart failure.

More than 400,000 Apple Watch wearers have enrolled in a Stanford University-led study to determine how accurately the wearable technology detects the condition.

“It’s a unique study that is driven by consumers,” said Dr. Matthew Martinez, chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council. “I think it’s going to give us a lot of great information.”

At least one person says the Apple Watch already has alerted him to the potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat.

Ed Dentel, a 46-year-old man from Richmond, Va., updated the software on his Apple Watch earlier this month and was shocked when its ECG app immediately pinged him, he told ABC News.

“The application on the launch sounded off right away with atrial fibrillation — not something I’ve ever heard of, but since I’m in pretty decent health and never had a problem before, I didn’t give it much thought,” Dentel said. “I figured something was glitchy, so I set everything down and turned in for the night.”

The watch pinged again when Dentel put it on over breakfast the next morning. He drove to a nearby urgent care center, where doctors confirmed the watch’s report.

“I was dealing with a case of atrial fibrillation that I never knew I had and probably wouldn’t have known anytime soon,” Dentel said.

A-fib occurs when abnormal electrical impulses causes the top chambers of the heart, the atria, to quiver and spasm.

Blood can pool in heart chambers affected by a-fib, increasing the risk of stroke-causing blood clots. People with a-fib often are prescribed blood thinners.

Apple says its watch contains optical sensors and built-in electrodes that measure your blood flow and the electrical signals from your heart. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September announced that it had cleared two medical apps created by Apple to work on the watch.


But the device is not sophisticated enough to detect more complex heart problems, said Dr. John Rumsfeld, the American College of Cardiology’s chief innovation officer.

“It’s not going to tell you whether or not you’re having a heart attack or stroke. It’s not going to predict whether or not you’re going to get heart disease later in life,” Rumsfeld said. “It’s not meant to go beyond your heart rhythm.”

Further, anyone who gets a troubling reading from the watch needs to see their doctor for further assessment, he added.

“We are going to have to confirm it,” Rumsfeld said. “This is not a medical device. This is a consumer health device. It could give you a signal, but that won’t mean you have a problem. You will have to get it checked out.”

However, both Martinez and Rumsfeld believe that the Apple Watch is a harbinger of things to come, in terms of wearable technology that helps track your health. The watch costs anywhere from $ 400 to $ 500.

“If you have Apple go into the digital health marketplace, that’s a huge splash,” Rumsfeld said. “I think this is a major moment in consumer digital health history. We’ll look back and say this was just the beginning.”

Patients already are bringing in readings from their Apple Watch for interpretation by a doctor, said Martinez, associate chief of cardiology for the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute in Allentown, Pa.

“I see a lot of athletes in their middle ages who are bringing in the data and saying what does this beat mean, the alarm sounded, what does this mean,” Martinez said. “How we handle that volume of phone calls is overwhelming sometimes.”

Those queries highlight one of the potential downsides of wearing a portable ECG, Martinez said.

“The flip side of this is I think there’s going to be some anxiety that comes with this,” Martinez said. “The constant feedback you will get can provide some anxiety to folks.”

On the other hand, such devices could provide valuable information to doctors, Rumsfeld said.

For example, the watch could be used to track how often a person is being affected by a-fib.


“That could be very helpful for us, because we don’t otherwise have a sense how often they’re going in and out of rhythm,” Rumsfeld said. “This could be a tool for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation.”

Martinez will soon be able to tell you himself what it’s like to get these readings — Santa brought him an Apple Watch of his own for Christmas.

“I’m going to try it out and get a sense for what the alarms and feedback are,” Martinez said. “I think it also will make me a better deliverer of the message — no better expert than someone who’s doing it, right?”

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SOURCES: Matthew Martinez, M.D., chair, American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council; John Rumsfeld, M.D., Ph.D., chief innovation officer, American College of Cardiology

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Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Wolfwalkers’ Joins Apple VOD Pack

It’s official: Ahead of TIFF, Apple’s Worldwide Video Programming division has snapped up rights to Wolfwalkers — the new animated feature project from the studios that brought Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner to theaters, Cartoon Saloon (Ireland) and Melusine Productions (Luxembourg). A potential deal was reported back in June, initially by Bloomberg.

Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart (art director, The Secret of Kells), the original story (by Moore and Song of the Sea scribe Will Collins) is set in “a time of superstition and magic” and centers on a girl named Robyn who comes to Ireland with her father, who is training her to be a wolfhunter. There, she befriends a wild native girl named Mebh, who reveals to her the world of the Wolfwalkers — and transforms Robyn into the very thing her father seeks to destroy.

Apple has been ramping up its original content slate in advance of the launch of its new streaming video service in 2019. These include Central Park, the new animated comedy series from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard; and a multi-series deal with leading kids’ content house Sesame Workshop.

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Daily News Bytes: Apple in Talks with Cartoon Saloon, Scooby Stamps, Award Winners & More!


Apple Is Close to a Deal for an Animated Movie
Apple is reportedly looking to dip its toes into animated feature production in a bid to take on Netflix, Amazon and Google. The company is courting multi-Oscar-nominated Irish studio Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) according to anonymous sources.

Who’s on the Next Forever Stamp? Scooby-Doo’s on the Case!
Warner Bros. and the US Postal Service are putting the loveable crime-solving canine coward in mailboxes across America with a special stamp being released on July 14. Perhaps ol’ Scoob and the gang can solve the mystery of what’s going to happen with the executive order to review the USPS?

’Bleach’ Anime Project Teases Its ‘Thousand-Year Blood War’ Adaptation
A fan adaptation is bringing the final arc of Tite Kubo’s phenomenal manga to animated life at last! Check out the teaser from Retro Ryno.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 1st inception & Kaleidoscope Online VR Film Festival
First prize goes to director John Hsu for Your Spiritual Temple Sucks, Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s Aquaphobia scored second, and receiving Honorable Mentions are Bananza! from Teyosh Studio and The Joy of Frogs by The Guardian Media Group and producer Lisa Golden.

The commercials scoring honors in this year’s Animation category were Samsung “Ostrich” (lead animator Amir Bazazi, MPC; dir. Matthijs Van Heijningen, MJZ) and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation “What’s an MRI?” (animation dir. Guto Terni, lead animator Derek Henriques; Roof Studio). “Ostrich” also scored a Visual Effects award (VFX supe Diarmid Harrison-Murray, MPC) alongside “Opportunity Roars” (VFX supe Ruben Vandebroek, animation supe Jeff Lopez, The Mill; dir. Matthijs Van Heijningen, MJZ).

‘Anna’ Wins Animation Prize at New Media Film Festival
Co-produced by screenwriter/author Kwakiutl L. Dreher, animator Michael Burton and historian/author William G. Thomas III, Anna is the powerful true story of an enslaved woman who is sold away from her family and locked in a tavern garret in DC, where she makes a desperate decision. The film was produced with funding and support from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Learn more.

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

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Scooby-Doo stamp

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Kaleidoscope VR

Samsung “Ostrich”

Samsung “Ostrich”



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Medicine Man Releases Three a Light Home-Grow Weed App for Apple Devices

If you’re thinking about starting a cannabis grow in your house but aren’t an expert botanist, don’t worry: There’s now an app for that. The first app to offer personal horticulture services specifically for weed launched on the Apple App Store at the end of January.

Three a Light, released by cannabis consulting firm Medicine Man Technologies, is based on the book of the same name that uses simple methods to teach regular people how to increase their yields — up to three pounds per light, thus the name of the book — from their cannabis plants. Adults 21 and up and medical marijuana patients in Colorado are allowed to grow anywhere from six to sixteen plants at home, depending on a variety of factors, including where they live and if they have a medical marijuana card.

Joshua Haupt, the chief cultivation officer at Medicine Man Technologies (a cannabis consulting firm owned by the same potrepreneurs behind Medicine Man dispensaries), first published the book Three a Light in 2015 after helping his friends in the Rocky Mountains grow for themselves. “I had a lot of friends with medical issues,” he says. “I made them a little pamphlet that was like, ‘Follow these steps,’ and everyone used it.”

His friends encouraged him to go bigger than a pamphlet, so Haupt wrote Three a Light, filling it with photos and illustrations explaining how to grow the plant to its full potential. There was a hole in the market for this type of book, according to Haupt, who believes there still isn’t literature available that explains the cultivation process from start to finish in a way that the weed-illiterate can understand.

After being out for a few years, he says, the book still maintains a high rating (it currently has a 4/5 rating on Amazon), so why the need to make an app? Shortly after the book came out, Haupt saw a need for customer service. And the most valuable piece of the app, he believes, is the interactive support it provides. The app holds much of the book’s content in a sleek design, with photos for each step of the cultivation process as well as a nutrient calendar and schedule for feeding. Users can sync their plants into the calendar and receive notifications for cultivation reminders.

But the coolest part of the app is the feature that lets growers talk with master growers.

For example, a grower struggling to identify a pest could upload a picture of it to the app and get a response during the company’s business hours. The master growers answering questions have all worked in grow facilities and have thousands of hours of experience working with Haupt.

“Essentially you just get the keys to the castle with the app in your hand,” Haupt says. “You get oversight from people who have been doing this on a much larger scale.” His goal is to help the cannabis industry become more successful and lower wholesale prices of cannabis, while also imparting necessary growing skills to people who need the plant for medical purposes and are choosing to grow at home to save money.

While both the book ($ 500) and app ($ 99.99) prices aren’t pocket change, they aren’t much compared to the startup costs of a home grow — or underperforming plants. “It’s a very expensive learning curve,” Haupt explains. “If you do something wrong, you could lose thousands of dollars.” He says he’s able to double the amount of cannabis yielded per plant through a combination of tactics, including a process called “schwazzing,” which involves defoliating the plants at specific times of the growing cycle.

“If you have a license to grow cannabis, you have a license to lose money — a lot of it,” Haupt says. “This is truly farming, so it’s not gonna be easy. You’ve got to earn every dollar.”

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Apple Investors Press for Parental Controls on iPhones

By Margaret Farley Steele

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents aren’t the only ones worried about their kids’ smartphone habits. Some big Apple investors want the iPhone developer to make it easier for Mom and Dad to manage their children’s phone time.

Apple also needs to explore potential mental health effects of smartphone overuse, says a letter sent to the technology giant this weekend by Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (Calstrs).

Jana, a leading activist investor, and the pension fund control about $ 2 billion of Apple shares, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The letter states that “Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do,” the Journal reported.

In the letter, the investors cite a “growing body of evidence” of “unintentional negative side effects” from excessive smartphone use by the so-called “iGen.”

Some worry that as screen time replaces face-to-face socializing, rates of depression and suicide are rising as well. The authors cited worrisome research by Jean Twenge of San Diego State University and others, plus observations from teachers, according to the news report.

The investors want Apple out front in attempting to learn what is optimal usage and in simplifying parental controls. The company shouldn’t wait for consumers or regulators to demand action, the investors contend.

“There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility,” the shareholders wrote.

They have drawn big names to an advisory board, including rock musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, and Sister Patricia Daly — the nun who took on Exxon Mobil Corp. over environmental concerns, the news report noted.

Media expert Michael Rich, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, likened the movement to other public-health science campaigns.

“How can we apply the same kind of public-health science to this that we do to, say, nutrition?” Rich told the Journal. “We aren’t going to tell you never go to Mickey D’s, but we are going to tell you what a Big Mac will do and what broccoli will do.”

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SOURCE:Wall Street Journal, Jan. 7, 2018

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Akkord Conjures ‘Petronella the Apple Witch’ for Film & TV


German animation producer Akkord Film and publisher Boje (part of Bastei Lübbe AG) are planning to enchant audiences through screens big and small with adaptations of best-selling kids’ book series Petronella the Apple Witch. The rights deal was secured at Berlin Film Festival, with Akkord announcing its intent to develop both a feature film and TV series.

From author Sabine Städing and illustrator SaBine Büchner, the first Petronella the Apple Witch book debuted in 2014, and the series has since sold over 250,000 copies in German-speaking countries alone. Comprising four books to-date, the stories are set in an extraordinary world populated by witches, stick men, flying stag beetles and other magical creatures.

“I am very happy that my little witch will soon enchant movie and television audiences. I am so proud of Petronella, and I already look forward to a fruitful creative collaboration with the production team,” said Städing.

The cooperation between Akkor and Boje Verlag was instigated by Hamburg-based producer Maite Woköck, who is set to produce alongside Akkord’s CEO, Dirk Beinhold. The movie adaptation will also be Akkord’s fourth collaboration with screenwriter Katja Grübel. The project is being co-funded by Germany’s FFA.

“For Akkord Film, Maite Woköck is a perfect addition to our team on this big project. She brings a lot of experience from international CG animated feature films. From the first conversations on, we instinctively shared the same vision for this adaptation,” commented Beinhold. “We are very pleased with the opportunity to exploit Petronella the Apple Witch in other media and in merchandising, too.”

Akkord’s previous successes include the Raven the Little Rascal feature films and TV series, and recent European theatrical release Rabbit School – Hunt for the Golden Egg, which premiered at Berlinale.

Petronella the Apple Witch

Petronella the Apple Witch

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Makeshift High: The Apple Dab Rig

Courtesy of Mike Parker

What you’ll need:
1 apple, flavor of your choice
1 butter knife or pair of scissors
1 dab nail, preferably one that has a longer neck that goes away from the apple
1 pen

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Courtesy of Ryan Kyles

We decided to put a slightly different spin on the traditional apple bowl by turning this delicious fruit into a natural dab rig.

  1. First, pick the stem from the apple and gut the center with your knife or scissors. You’ll need to make an opening large enough for the nail. Male nails are much easier to use because they require a far smaller opening in your smoking device. Make sure to remove all the seeds so you don’t inhale any when you rip your dab.
  2. Next, use your pen to push a channel through from the outside of the apple to the center. Place this hole in the middle of the apple where the circumference is greatest; this will be your mouthpiece.
  3. Make a similar hole in the side of the apple, about ninety degrees from your mouth hole. This opening will be your carb, make sure connects with the center chamber.
  4. Insert your nail into the top opening, torch it up and enjoy!

A pro tip from the Makeshift High Team: Normally when you take a dab, there’s bubbling water to percolate and cool the smoke. Take the lack of water into account and give your nail a little extra time to cool down. Luckily the inside of the apple contains plenty of juice, which coats the smoke and soothes your throat (not scientifically proven, but that’s what it felt like for us).



Marijuana Arrests Decline 40 Percent in The Big Apple

According to a new report, those smoking weed in NYC can breathe a little easier knowing the likelihood of their getting arrested for lighting up in certain areas of New York City has been significantly reduced.

Thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio, marijuana arrests in the Big Apple have declined dramatically on a year-over-year basis. Dropping nearly 40 percent from 2014’s reported incarceration numbers.

Per the New York Post, as of October 20, 2015, a reported 18,000 + pot smokers in NYC had been incarcerated over the peaceful plant; while still a big number, that figure represents a steep decline from 2014’s 29,000 + marijuana related arrests.

Unfortunately, while incarceration has declined dramatically in some areas of the city, there seems to be a lack of equity in de Blasio’s enforcement plan – seemingly based on an individual’s race, class and geographical location.

During 2014 de Blasio informed the NYC police force they were to only issue tickets to those individuals busted with less than 25 grams of pot, rather than incarcerating them. This long-overdue modification was the end result of public pressure being applied to New York’s many district attorneys. After that historic switch, the issuance of tickets for weed became the new norm for some of New York’s finest. Leading to both a dramatic drop and disparity in cannabis-related incarcerations.

One notable example of this discrepancy makes the problem painfully clear.

When compared to the predominately white section of the Bronx known as Throggs Neck (located in the 45th Precinct), Kingsbridge (located in the 52nd Precinct), and mostly Dominican, police in the 45th handed out 415 tickets for the minor possession of marijuana during the first nine months of 2015 — making just 48 arrests. Conversely, cops in the 52nd Precinct of Kingsbridge (also in the Bronx) made 720 arrests and issued 168 tickets.

No doubt, the Big Apple still has a bumpy road to hoe regarding police brutality, race relations and class warfare… but 11,000 fewer lives ruined is definitely a great place to start.

(Photo Courtesy of New York Daily News)


Sour Apple Marijuana Strain Review

Sour Apple’s flower makes for the perfect wake-n-bake smoke. Not too heavy, and extremely motivating thanks to its sativa-dominant gene pool.

Type: (70% sativa; 30% indica)

Genetics: (original Diesel x c99)

How Stoned Will You Get (“Stoned Meter” On Average 1-10): 8. The Sour Apple strain offers a flawless morning smoke, long known for supporting creative cerebral activity and nurturing motivational thoughts. In many ways Sour Apple is a perfect parallel to a shot of Cuban coffee, extremely tasty, hitting you almost immediately. Enjoying a robust fruity smell that’s extremely pleasant first thing in the morning.

Average Price Per ?: $ 39


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Strain Profile: Sour Apple is a great 70% sativa 30% indica hybrid that is very cerebral, lifting up the spirits of those who enjoy her flowers. She is perfect for the morning or a mid afternoon smoke. Sour Apple will not only keep you up and motivated, but makes you very creative thinking outside of the box.

Strain Background: Sour Apple comes from mixing the extremely uplifting sativa c99 with the balanced hybrid of the original Diesel. These two come together to form a strain that is nothing short of magic.

Appearance: Sour Apple is made up of mostly neon green with hints of forest green on the buds. Light orange hairs the same color as Chucky’s hair from rugrats protrude, wrapping around the plethora of green. Visible and very shiny trichomes coat the buds of this wonderful flower.

Consistency: Sour Apple is quite dry and crumbly, but there definitely leaves a trail with whatever it comes in contact with. It is a pleasure to break these buds up without a grinder.

Scent: Sour Apple smells of sour and citrus with extremely fruity undertones. Mango and strawberry are the fruits that come to mind when smelling this beautiful flower. Undertones of sour lemons and limes also come through when taking a whiff of this smelly girl.

Taste: Sour Apple taste like an exquisite homemade key lime pie. Extremely sour, sweet and fruity it feels like you’re enjoying a refreshing dessert as soon as the Sour Apple hits your palate. Upon exhale you can taste this rich fruity flavor that stays in your mouth well after medicating. You don’t even have to break out the blender to taste this delicious smoothie!

Effect: Great smoke in the morning or mid afternoon, she leaves you energized and quite buzzed. Sour Apple is perfect to bring with you if you’re going for a long walk or hike, it’s very uplifting and cerebral, motivating you to explore new things.

Growth and Seed Info: Grows vigorously during both veg and flower; Sour citrus notes smelled during vegetation period

Original Breeder: Top Shelf Seeds

Current Breeder: Top Shelf seeds

Seed Bank of Choice: Seedmine

Flowering Time: 60 days

Flowering Type: SOG will get you the most out this beauty

Growth Height: 4’-5.5’ ft.

Expected Yield: 1-1.5lbs. per 1,000 watt light

Garden Skill Level: intermediate

Breeder Quote/Advice: Topping is a must, and if you want the most out of your yield train this girl vigorously. She can be very viney so beware.

Verdict: Sour apple is a great daytime smoke whether you’re going for a hike or working from your office. She is very motivating and uplifting, as well as extremely tasty. Perfect for fatigue, migraine, and lack of appetite.

Related Strains: Blue Dream, Tangerine Haze, and White widow

Family: Fruity

(Photo Courtesy of Gil Mota)


Nvidia Bashes Apple TV, Crossy Road in Promoting Its Own Apple TV-Style Device

Nvidia has taken a shot at Apple and its newly announced Apple TV device in a new promotional push for its own Apple TV-like device, the Nvidia Shield.

Among the announcements at Apple’s event on Wednesday was the newest iteration of the Apple TV. Beforehand, it had been reported that the new device would make a major push into gaming. And while gaming was part of the presentation, it seemed clear that it isn’t the only focus. Soon after the event concluded, Nvidia sent out an email to the press boasting about how the Shield stacks up in an unusually direct manner. It also claimed, “The new Apple TV reaffirms the category of next-gen smart TV consoles–which Nvidia invented with the Shield Android TV.”

The new Apple TV and its remote

The company has now taken its comparisons one step further, publishing a blog post on its website comparing the Shield and Apple TV. While you’d expect it to be pro-Shield, the post doesn’t shy away from bashing Apple’s product, both subtly and not-so-subtly.

“If you’re already an Apple TV user, we don’t necessarily expect you to run out and buy the new Apple TV,” the blog states. “While many of the features are impressive, the basic offerings may not justify the $ 200 pricetag [Ed. Note: There’s a $ 150 option, too] over what you already own. There’s a more important question however. Do you really want to be locked into that walled garden?”

Later, it says, “The choice is yours. With two high-end streaming options on the table, it’s decision time. While the new Apple TV is a definite improvement over its predecessor, the fact remains that would-be streamers and cord-cutters also crave truly high-end experiences.”

This is all accompanied by a flowchart (pictured in part below) intended to help you decide what device is right from you. If you’re not into games or streaming, it suggests more traditional solutions. But when it comes down to “wanting the best of the best,” it suggests the Shield, unless you decide you’re “fine with Crossroads,” which misspells the name of a game (Crossy Road) featured during the Apple TV presentation this week.

You can see the full blog post here.

The Shield Nvidia is promoting here is the company’s Android-powered, TV-connected microconsole. The Shield name was used for two previous projects: a portable games console (which was essentially a screen connected to a controller) and a gaming-centric tablet. This latest version of the Shield launched earlier this year and is capable of 4K streaming, as well as streaming games over the Internet (with Nvidia Grid) or a local network (GameStream, letting you play games on your computer).

The Shield is available now for $ 200, while the new Apple TV is coming in October for $ 149 (32 GB) or $ 199 (64 GB).


Next Apple TV Described as “Apple’s Largest Ever Attempt to Lure Console Players”

The next edition of Apple TV will come with a Wii Remote-like controller and mark the software giant’s “largest-ever effort to lure players from traditional consoles,” according to one unverified report.

Technology and Apple publication 9to5Mac claims to have received information from purported inside sources “with knowledge of the product,” who say that the fourth-gen Apple TV will feature support for more traditional controllers, and allow a whole range of third-party devices to connect via Bluetooth.

Apple TV’s rumored integrated motion controller, meanwhile, is expected to include both tactile physical buttons and a touchpad interface. A microphone is also rumored, which could be used for UI navigation in a manner similar to Microsoft’s Kinect.

“For gaming purposes, the remote control will have the built-in motion sensors introduced in the iPhone, so that it can be used as a steering wheel for car racing titles and similar games,” the publication claims.

“Importantly, however, the controller is said to connect to the Apple TV over Bluetooth, rather than using a sensor bar with IR support. As a result, the Apple TV’s support for motion controls is unlikely to include a system navigation and pointing interface akin to Nintendo’s Wii.”

At the time of going to press, none of these claims could be verified. Apple very rarely responds to articles based on rumor.

Apple has sent notices to the media and software partners to attend its next press conference, set for September 9 in San Francisco. In the invite, the corporation hints that one topic of conversation will be its Siri voice control software.

Several major software companies have attempted to compete with traditional games consoles with microconsoles such as Ouya, Amazon Fire TV, and even Sony’s own PlayStation TV.

So far, none of these products have achieved success in terms of market share versus Xbox One, Wii U, and PlayStation 4.


Apple Ends Prohibition of Weed Apps in Their App Store

As we previously reported, the industry-giant Apple was treating tech companies that develop marijuana-related apps less than kind leaving them no choice but to retaliate via starting a petition drive requesting that the company reverse its policies.

The weed tech company MassRoots, a social network for cannabis aficionados, was responsible for starting said petition drive after their app was banned from being sold in Apple’s App Store.

The weed app in question was originally offered through the App Store back in 2013, but Apple made the decision to yank the app from their list of offerings last month due to divergences with the company’s guidelines outlawing “apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances.”

Apple decided to reverse their ways Thursday night by making MassRoots obtainable on the iOS App Store after having banned the site’s app for a period of over three months.

And what led to Apple’s sudden change of heart?

Well, as it turns out, MassRoots made an agreement with the tech-God’s to add a geo-restricting utility that would only the app made available in the 23 states that have legalized marijuana consumption for medical purposes.

This change pleased the tech-God’s persuading them to lift said proscribe and allowing the app to be sold in their prized store once more.

Like I’ve said before, Apple. Legal weed is here to stay, so you’d best get your act on the bus!

The 420 Times

Weed App Companies Want Apple to Change App Store Policies

It seems that tech companies which develop marijuana-related apps are having difficulties obtaining authorization from Apple in order to release their creation to consumers via their App Store.

Said companies are reportedly dealing with a vague set of rules when attempting to comprehend Apple’s App Store policies.

Now, as a form of retaliation toward Apple’s less than weed-friendly conduct, a petition has been initiated requesting that the company relax and correct its unpredictable policies.

The types of marijuana-related apps that are catching all the grief range from social apps and digital publications to ad networks and investment funds. And despite the fact that the majority of these companies are located in Colorado where marijuana is legal for both medicinal and recreational use, Apple is still giving them a rough way to go in relation to having their app approved.

God forbid someone else have a little slice of the proverbial commerce pie. Right, Apple?

Apple reportedly has a nasty reputation for being subjective as to which companies they will honor with acceptance into its infamous digital store. And unfortunately said store has command of a chief share of the mobile marketplace with the capability of making or breaking companies at will.

MassRoots, a marijuana-related Instagram-esque social network, claim that they’ve been prohibited from the App Store due to the fact that Apple doesn’t seem to tolerate digital applications that are designed to connect concurring lovers of the marijuana plant.

Once MassRoots was given the digital boot from Apple’s precious store, they decided to write the company a letter and also started the abovementioned online petition.

“We’re a social network for cannabis that enables people to talk about the plant in ways most people don’t feel comfortable on other social networks,” explained Isaac Dietrich, CEO of MassRoots. “I don’t want grandma to see me taking bong rips on Facebook.”

It’s the Apple that apparently only certain companies can take a bite out of, eh?

Get on the bus, Apple! Legal weed is here to stay!

The 420 Times