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A Georgia prosecutor plans to look into a phone call between U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as part of a criminal investigation surrounding Donald Trump’s violation of election laws.

According to Reuters, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis plans on looking into the call that Graham—a Republican–made ten days after the Nov. 3 election.

Graham is a friend of Trump and called Raffensperger to see if he had the authority to toss out all-mail ballots in certain Georgia counties, the Washington Post reported. A request that the Secretary said would be improper to do.

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman on Graham’s behalf, said the accusations against the senator are “ridiculous” and that Graham asked Raffensperger about the signature verification process. He also stated that the senator never asked Raffensperger to disqualify a ballot by anyone.

The spokesman added that Graham had not been contacted regarding any probe of the call.

Willis is investigating Trump’s Jan. 2 call to Raffensperger in which he pressured him to overturn the state’s election results.

On the recorded call, Trump can be heard saying, “All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.” Trump lost the state of Georgia to President Joe Biden. The state was considered one of a handful of swing states that cost Trump his re-election.




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HBO Max To Offer Lower Monthly Payment Plan Because ‘Most People…Are Not Wealthy’

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HBO Max is thinking about lowering its price because the streaming service’s execs believe “most people…are not wealthy.”

It’s only been one year since HBO Max came into the streaming service arena, and now the brand is considering creating a new tier of pricing for those who can’t afford the current payment plan, which is $14.99 a month.

“It turns out that most people on this planet are not wealthy,” WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said during a virtual appearance at Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecom conference via Deadline. “If we can wake up and use price and be able to kind of invent and do things elegantly through advertising to reduce the price of the service, I think that’s a fantastic thing for fans.”

Like Hulu and Peacock, HBO Max will now offer an ad-based payment plan tier, which is expected to launch later this year, according to UPROXX. The streaming service announced that thanks to Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max is now two years ahead of schedule. The film’s January release reportedly doubled its subscribers after its theatrical and streaming release.

The streaming service believes the numbers will only grow higher, as Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to drop on the platform later this month.

Is HBO Max too expensive? Netflix’s highest payment plan tier is $17.99.

 




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Apple’s AirTags To Have Feature That Allows Users To Know If Someone Is Using Bluetooth To Track Them

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Apple‘s upcoming AirTags will provide a way for users to track a person or an item and allow a user to know if a person is tracking them.

According to Mashable, Apple has developed a new option called “Item Safety Alerts” within the iOS 14.5 beta feature. The outlet reports that the feature will alert a user when an unknown item is on their person or object being tracked. This feature would benefit someone if someone were to place an AirTag on an object, person, child, or pet of someone.

The Item Safety Alerts feature can be switched on or off in the Find My App tab. If a person chooses to have the feature turned off, a notice will alert the user to know that someone could potentially track them without the user being notified.

“The owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location, and you will no longer receive notifications when an unknown item is found moving with you,” the notice says.

The AirTags have Bluetooth capability and can easily be attached to bikes, clothing items, purses, or bags.

The Verge reports that the new feature may also not be solely exclusive to AirTags, as Apple reportedly plans on opening up the Find My app to other companies like Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.

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China Wants To Teach Masculinity After Seeing Stereotypical Gender Roles Change; Political Advisers Claim Country Is Going Through ‘Masculinity Crisis’

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China wants to create masculinity courses for boys in response to changing gender roles.

In January, China’s Education Ministry published plans to “cultivate masculinity” in boys from kindergarten through high school. The initiative involves hiring and training more gym teachers, testing students more comprehensively in physical education, making health education compulsory, and supporting research into issues like the “influence of the phenomenon of internet celebrities on adolescents’ values,” the ministry stated, according to NBC.

But advocates in the country feel the move is working against equality and perpetuating gender stereotypes. “Boys don’t need masculinity education,” said Lü Pin, the founder of China’s largest feminist advocacy media channel, Feminist Voices.

“The concept of masculinity forces every man to be tough, which excludes and harms men with other types of characteristics,” she said. “It also reinforces men’s hegemony, control, and position over women, which goes against gender equality.” Chinese censors banned Feminist Voices back in 2018.

The plan’s announcement comes after China’s political advisers claimed the nation was going through a “masculinity crisis.” “Chinese boys have been spoiled by housewives and female teachers,” the adviser, Si Zefu, said in a policy proposal back in May, NBC reports. Boys would soon become “delicate, timid and effeminate” unless action was taken, he said. Zefu went on to say that the “feminization” of Chinese boys “threatens China’s survival and development.”




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