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WATCH LIVE: Coronavirus cluster emerges at Honolulu Hale; Caldwell to quarantine at home pending test result – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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                                Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell paused while speaking at a news conference today, moments before revealing he is going into self-quarantine.

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    Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell paused while speaking at a news conference today, moments before revealing he is going into self-quarantine.

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                                Dozens of people waited in line to get tested for COVID-19 inside Honolulu Hale today.

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    Dozens of people waited in line to get tested for COVID-19 inside Honolulu Hale today.

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                                Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell walks in front of Honolulu Hale today when he announced the closure of the building because of a cluster of coronavirus cases among city workers there.

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    Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell walks in front of Honolulu Hale today when he announced the closure of the building because of a cluster of coronavirus cases among city workers there.

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                                Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, right, elbow bumps City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson as Dr. Scott Miscovich looks on at left, today in front of Honolulu Hale.

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    Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, right, elbow bumps City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson as Dr. Scott Miscovich looks on at left, today in front of Honolulu Hale.

Amid a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases at City Hall, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that Honolulu Hale will shut down to the public effective 4:30 p.m. today, while Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson said Wednesday’s scheduled monthly meeting is being postponed indefinitely.

Caldwell said he knows of at least 10 people in Honolulu Hale itself have tested positive. “Sadly, we do have clusters here at the Hale,” the mayor said.

One of the 11, he said, was an employee from among his own personal office staff of five people.

An additional 38 city employees have tested positive, including 14 Honolulu firefighters as previously announced. Besides the firegihters, the city gave this break down of infections among workers so far: nine each in Budget and Fiscal Services and the Honolulu Police Department; three in the Board of Water Supply; two each in Environmental Services, Parks and Recreation, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, and Department of Community Services; and one each in Design and Construction, Human Resources, Facility Maintenance, the Clerk’s Office, Enterprise Services, and in the Mayor’s Office.

No one from the public will be allowed into City Hall “except for very limited purposes of coming in to make payments that absolutely need to be made.”

The city’s Treasury, Real Property Tax and Purchasing divisions are housed on the ground floor of the building and are frequently visited by the public.

Caldwell also said that nearby Frank Fasi Municipal Building, where a majority of city agencies have offices, will be closed except for those who have urgent, immediate business such as the drop-off of payments and other documents.

The city’s satellite city halls and driver licensing centers will remain open, “but for appointment-only … for critical things like renewing your driver’s license or getting your driver’s test completed.”

About 1,500 employees at the Honolulu Hale complex, including the municipal building, are being offered the chance to be tested today. The testing is not mandatory, Caldwell spokesman Alexander Zannes said.

Caldwell, who had his briefcase with him as he spoke on the building’s front lawn, said he himself has been tested and that he was headed home immediately afterward to quarantine.

“The results should be available by the end of today,” he said.

“We’re asking all city workers to work from home whenever possible … telecommute, stay away from each other, protect yourself and slow down the spread of this virus,” Caldwell said. Nonetheless, he said, “we want to keep the basic functions of government open whenever possible.”

Dr. Scott Miscovich, who is heading the Premiere Medical Group team conducting the testing at city hall, said he expected to test more than 1,000 employees today.

Honolulu Hale was a beehive of public activity last week as people went there to vote or drop off their votes by Saturday’s 6 p.m. primary election deadline.

Miscovich said he supported the city’s decision to leave the building open for voting despite the positive cases. He said he did not believe those members of the public who showed up for voting were exposed to anyone with the coronavirus while there and that he did not think they need to be tested.

He noted that none of the positive cases in the building came from people working in the Elections Division.

Anderson said the Council may hold its meeting on Aug. 20, but that no final decision has been made.

“We can turn this around if we all do our part,” Caldwell said.

The statewide total of coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic through today is 3,638. However, the reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Hawaii — the number of people each newly infected person is spreading to — is the highest in the country, according to Dr. Scott Miscovich, the president and founder of Premier Medical Group Hawaii, who is running COVID testing sites.

On Aug. 3, the city announced an updated order that includes the outdoor and indoor prohibition of social gatherings with more than 10 people.

Watch a replay of the news conference via the video above, or go to Mayor Caldwell’s Facebook page.

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Watch: BTS Meets QVC as the Group Posts Unboxing Video of Samsung’s Foldable Phone – Rolling Stone


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Samsung welcomed some surprise guests to join them for their “Unpacked” event this week, which introduced five new products to Samsung’s suite of Galaxy devices. The electronics brand tapped the guys in BTS to help unveil Samsung’s brand new smartphone — the Galaxy Z Fold2.

The foldable phone is the third folding phone to be introduced by Samsung, after the Galaxy Fold (available unlocked at BestBuy) and the compact Galaxy Z Flip. Though BTS didn’t appear in-person at the event, they did appear via a short video, which showed RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook unboxing the new device and testing out its features.

Samsung has been going after the “foldables” category in mobile devices for a few years now (not to be confused with Motorola’s recent re-issue of its popular Razr flip phone) and the Galaxy Z Fold2 features a virtually seamless design when opened up, with an edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less display. When folded, it’s a pocket-sized cell phone; when flipped open, it’s basically a 7.6-inch portable tablet (something RM notices right away).

The guys also have fun testing out the camera in the unboxing clip, with J-Hope as the dutiful model. Samsung has yet to announce the exact camera specs of the new phone, but it’s expected to be in line with the also recently-announced Galaxy Note 20. That would deck out the phone with a 64MP lens, 12MP main sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor. As Taehyung demonstrates in the unboxing clip (much to to Hoseok’s delight), there is also a very powerful zoom feature, both when taking photos, and when zooming in on pics on the screen.

BTS unboxed the “Mystic Bronze” version of the device (as you can hear RM saying 0:14 into the clip); Samsung will also introduce a “Mystic Black” version, along with a limited-edition collaboration with American fashion designer Thom Browne.

Pricing for the Galaxy Z Fold2 has yet to be announced, though it’s expected to come in slightly less than the $1980 price tag of the original Galaxy Fold. The brand says full specs and pricing details will be announced in September, but fans of BTS and Samsung can reserve the phone now on Samsung.com.

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Reserve: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 at Samsung.com

This isn’t the first time BTS has teamed up with Samsung and the pop phenoms. The group released their own BTS versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Plus phone, and the Galaxy Buds Plus earphones, earlier this summer. The limited-edition phone and earbuds are still available online here.

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As for Samsung, the new phone was among a slew of new releases unveiled by the brand this week. The electronics giant also announced a new Galaxy Watch3 (which can do everything from tracking steps to measuring blood pressure and oxygen levels) and the Galaxy Buds Live, which takes aim at Apple’s domination of the wireless earbuds market, with a new ergonomic set of buds with bigger speakers for more defined sound, and Active Noise Cancellation to tune out distractions. It’s all packed into a consumer-friendly $169 price point. Both the Galaxy Watch3 and the Galaxy Buds Live are available to order now on Samsung.com.

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Biden Watch

WATCH: Biden Says He Wouldn’t Stand In The Way Of A Trump Prosecution – NPR

Joe Biden says that he believes prosecuting a former president would be a “very unusual thing and probably not very … good for democracy,” but he would not stand in the way of a future Justice Department pursuing criminal charges against President Trump after he leaves office.

The comments from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee came during a virtual interview Tuesday with members from the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm. The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law,” Biden told NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

Trump has been connected with alleged illegal activity by his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and investigators working for former special counsel Robert Mueller. What isn’t clear is whether federal authorities are investigating the president or whether prosecutors might take action against Trump if he no longer enjoyed the privileges that protect him from being indicted as a sitting president.

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Biden made clear that any future prosecution against Trump would not be directed by him if he’s elected president.

“In terms of saying, ‘I think the president violated the law. I think the president did this, therefore, go on and prosecute him’ — I will not do that,” he said.

“If [a case] prove[s] to be a criminal offense, then in fact, that would be up to the attorney general to decide whether he or she wanted to proceed with it. I am not going to make that individual judgment,” Biden added.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California told The NPR Politics Podcast last year that if elected president, her administration’s Department of Justice would bring criminal charges against Trump after his presidency, saying, “I believe that they would have no choice.” Harris is a top contender on Biden’s shortlist for vice president.

Immigration

Biden also told Garcia-Navarro that he would not tear down parts of the wall along the U.S. southern border built during the Trump administration, but he vowed to end its construction.

When asked about asylum-seekers waiting in camps in Mexico due to the Trump administration’s policy known as “Remain in Mexico,” Biden said reversing Trump’s policies will have to be done with care.

“Because if we just say, ‘OK, all done. I’ve withdrawn the order,’ you’re going to have a crisis on the other side of the border as well,” Biden said. “And we shouldn’t be putting these people when they come across the border in jail; we should be monitoring them.”

Watch Biden’s response on rolling back Trump immigration policy:

The controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially named the Migrant Protection Protocols, was first implemented in January 2019 and mandates that asylum-seekers coming through Mexico wait outside the U.S. while their immigration proceedings take place. As NPR’s Vanessa Romo reported, the policy has led to 60,000 migrants getting sent back across the border, with tens of thousands still there.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in March to allow the program to continue.

Biden added that a push for more humanitarian resources is needed and said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “is going to go back to school.”

“The idea that ICE is sitting outside of a Mass on Sunday to arrest a parent coming out as undocumented, the idea that they’re going to schools, the idea they’re going to doctors’ appointments is wrong,” Biden said. “You have so many young children, so many young children under enormous … psychological pressure wondering whether or not they’re going to come home and there’s going to be no one there.”

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Choosing a running mate

Biden declined to offer new insight into his thinking for a vice presidential pick, telling the journalists, “You’ll find out shortly.”

CBS’ Errol Barnett pointed to reports that former Sen. Chris Dodd, who’s on Biden’s vice presidential search committee, has been critical of Harris for not having a more conciliatory tone toward Biden in the early primary debates.

“Well, [Dodd] didn’t say that to the press. He was talking to somebody offline, and it was repeated,” Biden said. “Now, I don’t hold grudges, and I’ve made it really clear that I don’t hold grudges. I think it was a debate. It’s as simple as that. And she’s very much in contention.”

Watch Biden’s response on VP speculation:

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Reopening schools and businesses

Biden said it’s challenging to foresee what the country would look like in January if he were entering office then, but he said he would scale back reopenings in places seeing spikes of the coronavirus if he were president today.

“Everyone, wherever there is a significant percentage of people with COVID, should be required to keep social distancing and masks,” Biden said. “Bars should not be open. There should not be congregations of more than 10 people.”

As for the Trump administration’s desire to reopen schools this fall, Biden said it only works if it’s done safely.

“Look, I want our schools to open. The question is, will the president do the work he needs to make them safe? Just ordering your schools to open, like Trump has done, isn’t going to be good enough,” he said.

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Biden’s plan includes giving school districts “uniform guidance without political interference” on safety protocols for schools that are able to reopen, directing resources to districts to implement guidance and bolstering virtual learning for districts that can’t reopen safely.

“Start working now to close the learning gap in terms of distance learning because of COVID. President Trump should stop tweeting and start doing his work,” he said.

Election security

“Frankly, this is the thing that keeps me up most nights,” Biden said in response to a question from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Tia Mitchell about voter confidence in a secure election. “Making sure everyone who wants to vote gets to vote, making sure that everyone’s vote is counted. And we’re going to undertake a historic effort in terms of resources, commitment to beat back every voter suppression effort.”

“No campaign has ever built anything to the scale that we’ve built to make sure we can get out the vote. We have a major, major dedicated operation in states to address the head-on voter suppression in any form that it’s going to take, and steps we can take to go to court as well,” he said.

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The pandemic has caused election experts to worry about a shortage of poll workers for the general election, and states are preparing for an increase in mail-in voting this fall.

The White House has repeatedly advanced conspiracy theories surrounding the integrity of mail-in voting, and Trump went so far as to suggest delaying the November election based off the false claim that mail-in voting can be “rigged.”

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California Watch

Watch: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on state’s response to COVID-19 pandemic, Aug. 3 – The Mercury News


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California Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on August 3 at noon PT.

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Tornado Watch

Tornado watch issued in parts of New Jersey – nj.com

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in parts of Bergen, Passaic and Sussex counties, as strong thunderstorms have begun to develop, some of which are capable of producing a tornado.

The watch is active until 10 p.m. Sunday.

A heat advisory remains ongoing for much of New Jersey.

A tornado warning had been issued earlier Sunday morning for the southern part of Northampton County in Pennsylvania.

In contrast to a tornado warning — which means either that a tornado has been spotted, or evidence of a tornado has been spotted on radar — tornado watches are triggered by evidence of weather conditions that can give rise to tornadoes.

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Apple Watch 6 blood oxygen monitoring confirmed — here’s the proof – Tom’s Guide

Apple Watch 6 blood oxygen monitoring confirmed — here's the proof



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The Apple Watch 6 will come with blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, according to a new report detailing the current stage of the next-generation wearable’s production. 

While we’re interested to hear Digitimes say the Apple Watch 6 production lines are gearing up, we’re more curious about the alleged blood oxygen monitoring feature that’s confirmed to ship on the upcoming smartwatch (via 9to5Mac).

We’ve heard whispers before about blood oxygen monitoring coming to the Apple Watch 6, plus watchOS 7 hinted it’s in the pipeline, but this is the most credible report about the metric we’ve seen yet.

Blood oxygen monitoring, also known as SpO2 monitoring, measures the oxygen saturation level of your blood. If your blood oxygen falls below a specific concentration, which can occur during exercise, the Apple Watch could warn you to ease up before you injure yourself.

Apple Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 3

Although Apple has, more or less, set the standard for health and wellness insights on smartwatches, it’s been slower to release certain tools than its fitness-tracking counterparts.

But the Apple Watch 6 will be following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which is expected to debut alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and launch August 5. 

New advantages like watchOS 7 sleep tracking, and now the hardware for blood oxygen monitoring, could be how Apple shows up Samsung’s rotating bezel. Samsung’s next lifestyle smartwatch is believed to have both those features, too, which may narrow the gap between the two leading smartwatch makers. 

We’ll have to test the Apple Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 3 when they’re available to see which does blood oxygen monitoring — and other health features — better. The Apple Watch 6 is coming later, with an anticipated debut along the iPhone 12 this fall.

During Apple’s latest earnings report, its Chief financial officer Luca Maestri implied the company’s new products are arriving few weeks later than the typical September date, likely due to supply chain delays. It’s possible then that the Apple Watch 6, like the iPhone 12, is slated for an October release.

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Watch a tiny camera show the world from a bug’s point of view – Science Magazine

By Meagan Cantwell

To save energy, many insects swivel their head—instead of their entire body—to scan the world around them. Researchers have now replicated this with a tiny camera with a one-of-a-kind arm they can maneuver from a smartphone. The total system weighs just 248 milligrams—less than a dollar bill.

When strapped onto a beetle’s back, the camera can stream video in close to real time. It can also pivot to provide a panoramic view from the beetle’s perspective (as seen in this video). What’s more, when the camera was mounted onto an insect-size robot, the bot used up to 84 times less energy by moving the arm of the camera instead of its entire body.

The technology is one of the smallest, self-powering vision systems to date, researchers report this month in Science Robotics. In the future, scientists could use these tiny cams to gain insight into the habits of insects outside the lab.

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Watch the United Arab Emirates launch its first mission to Mars – The Verge

The United Arab Emirates is counting down to the launch of its first interplanetary space mission today — one that will send a spacecraft called “Hope” to orbit Mars. The Emirates Mars Mission will aim to provide a global snapshot of the weather on the Red Planet. It will also be a source of pride for the UAE as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in December of 2021.

To ensure that Hope is actually at Mars by the anniversary, the UAE must launch this summer. Planetary scientists have a very small window every two years to send spacecraft to Mars, when the Red Planet and Earth closely align on their orbits. If Hope launches in July, the spacecraft will spend the next seven months traveling to Mars, arriving sometime in February — leaving it plenty of time in orbit before the anniversary.

Hope is launching on top of a Japanese H-IIA rocket out of Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, located on an island off the southern coast of the country. At Tanegashima, the launch is taking place in the wee morning hours of July 20th, at 6:58AM. On the East Coast of the United States, the launch is at 5:58PM ET this afternoon.

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Image: Emirates Mars Mission

About one hour after the launch, the H-IIA rocket will deploy Hope in space, putting it on its course toward Mars. The probe will then stretch out its solar panels and point them toward the Sun to start generating power. The Emirates Mars Mission team operating the spacecraft will also try to get in touch with the vehicle, while it attempts to stabilize itself and then heads out into deep space.

About 28 days after the launch, Hope will correct its course slightly by burning its onboard thrusters — the first of many correction maneuvers it will do on the way to Mars. Such burns are necessary to keep Hope on track to meet a tiny window at Mars and then insert itself into the planet’s orbit. “It’s a very small target,” Pete Withnell, the program manager for the mission at the University Colorado Boulder, which partnered with the Emirates Mars Mission, said during a press call ahead of the launch. “It’s equivalent to an archer hitting a two-millimeter target, one kilometer away. So this is not for the faint of heart.”

The Emirates Mars Mission plans to provide multiple livestreams of the launch, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which operates the H-IIA rocket, will also provide a livestream. Most of the streams begin at 3PM ET and will provide plenty of coverage leading up to the UAE’s first attempt to put a vehicle in deep space.

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NBC Peacock: How to watch free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, what’s available, how to cancel – 9to5Mac

The latest major streaming service has landed with NBC’s Peacock now available to everyone. Read along with our full guide on how to watch Peacock free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the web, what’s available on the service, what you get with the paid plans, how to cancel, and more.

What is NBC’s Peacock TV?

Peacock is NBC’s streaming service that competes with Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+, Netflix, and more. Peacock includes a variety of on-demand and live content from TV shows to movies, sports to news.

There are three different tiers of the service with a totally free, ad-supported option that will certainly entice many to try out Peacock. And if you’re already an Xfinity or Cox subscriber you can get the premium plan for free.

How to watch Peacock free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the web

  1. Download the Peacock app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV (or head to the Peacock web sign-up page)
  2. Create a free account (no credit card needed) with your email and a password
  3. Check the box to agree to the terms and conditions and tap “Start Watching” (or “Create Account” on the web)
  4. You’re all set to watch for free!
  5. If you’re an Xfinity or Cox cable subscriber, you can get Peacock Premium for free (link your Xfinity account here, details on using a Cox account here)

The first time you watch Peacock on an Apple device you’ll get a prompt to ask if you’d like the Apple TV app to connect with the service. While you can browse Peacock through the Apple TV app, like Disney+ it looks like playing the content takes you to the Peacock app, though.

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What will be on Peacock?

As you’d guess, there’s a little catch if you watch the free Peacock plan: It doesn’t allow access to all of the streaming service’s on-demand and live content. But it does offer a nice amount of content (including both on-demand and live) at no cost.

Content that’s only available with a Premium or Premium Plus will be marked with a purple peacock feather in the top left-hand corner of thumbnails.

Some popular content available includes:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock
  • The Office (in 2021 when the Netflix deal is up)
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • America’s Got Talent
  • Blindspot
  • Downton Abbey
  • Law & Order
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Shrek
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Matrix series
  • The Bourne Identity series
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Curious George
  • Where’s Waldo?

All in all, NBC says Peacock has hundreds of movies, thousands of TV episodes, sports, news, content for kids, as well as Peacock originals like Brave New World based on Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel.

How much is NBC’s Peacock streaming service?

If you give the free Peacock plan a try and find yourself wanting access to everything you’ve got two paid options:

  • Peacock Premium priced at $4.99/month
    • Includes a free 7-day trial
    • “An all access pass to everything Peacock has to offer — every movie, every episode, every season, all our live sports.”
  • Peacock Premium Plus priced at $9.99/month
    • Includes a free 7-day trial
    • “Get everything included in Peacock Premium, plus ad-free* streaming. *Peacock Channels, events, and a few shows & movies will still contain ads.”

If you want to upgrade, you can find the option in settings. On the iOS app, from the bottom “Trending” tab, tap the account profile icon in the top-right corner, then under the Plans & Payment tab pick which premium plan you’d like.

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How to cancel Peacock Premium or Premium Plus

If you make the upgrade to one of the paid premium Peacock plans and want to downgrade back to the free plan:

  1. Head to your account profile as shown above
  2. Select the Payment & Plans tab at the top
  3. Choose Change Plan
  4. Select Peacock Free

Note that your plan will switch after the current billing cycle ends. For details on how to totally delete your Peacock account after canceling a paid plan, follow along with NBC’s support article here.

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Hamilton' Watch

How to watch Hamilton online: stream the hit musical on Disney Plus right now – TechRadar

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Originally scheduled to hit movie theaters in October 2021, the cinematic version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, has enjoyed the fastest of fast-track releases and is now available to stream on Disney Plus. The record breaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning show is a visionary take on the “ten-dollar Founding Father without a father” – and more cultural phenomenon than Broadway hit. Everyone’s home can be the room where it happens today, so don’t throw away your shot – here’s how how to watch Hamilton online and stream it with Disney Plus now.

After much anticipation, Hamilton has now hit all of Disney Plus’ markets – including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and many more. The movie of the show was shot at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016 and features the production’s original cast, which is headlined by Miranda himself playing Alexander Hamilton. Scroll down for full details of the original Hamilton cast that won 11 Tony Awards – Broadway’s equivalent of the Oscars.

How to watch Hamilton online

Disney Plus is the one and only place to watch Hamilton online today. Fortunately, it’s super affordable – Disney Plus costs just $6.99/£5.99 a month, making it cheaper to stream Hamilton than rent other major movie releases.

There are loads of great 4th of July sales going right now, but the release of Hamilton to Disney Plus priced at $6.99/£5.99 a month might just be our favorite offer. The film carries a PG-13 rating in the US, which is roughly equivalent to a 12A in the UK. This means it will muffle two of the three F-bombs that feature in the original song lyrics, to make it family-friendly and suitable for Disney Plus audiences. 

But even if you’ve seen the show performed live, as this writer has, you won’t notice the difference. Popular numbers like My Shot, Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) and Satisfied are every bit as mesmerizing as they are in the flesh and the production carries all the same swagger and potency it does on the stage.

Don’t delay – your home is now officially the room where it happens, so here’s how to watch Hamilton online and stream Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical on Disney Plus right now.

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How to watch Hamilton online: stream the musical on Disney Plus now

Anyone is countries that now have access to Disney Plus – North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, most of mainland Europe and more – simply need to head to the Disney Plus website to sign up for the service. After that, Hamilton is sure to be front and center of the platform from July 3 – and if for some strange reason it’s not, a quick search will deliver the goods.

As well as being the exclusive home of Hamilton, there are loads of other reasons to check out Disney Plus – a fantastic (and fantastic value) streaming service with loads of great content. It features every Simpsons episode ever made, all your favorite Pixar flicks, the latest  Marvel movies, and the complete Star Wars canon – all for just $6.99/£5.99 a month.

It really is something of a bargain, considering how much you get – and how much of it can’t be found anywhere else. Better still, you can save 15% if you sign up for an annual subscription, or for the ultimate value, take advantage of a combined bundle that includes ESPN+, Hulu and Disney Plus for the outrageously cheap price of just $12.99 a month. 

There’s so much included, you might forget cable TV ever existed – and yes, you really can have it all for the price of an appetizer! 

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Hamilton cast: who stars in the Disney Plus movie?

As we’ve mentioned, the movie version of Hamilton now available for streaming exclusively on Disney Plus features the original cast of the show. Hamilton first debuted off-Broadway in 2015 before being moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre – an iconic venue that was the perfect home for Miranda’s masterpiece.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
  • Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson
  • Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr
  • Christopher Jackson as George Washington
  • Jonathan Groff as King George
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler
  • Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton

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