DC’s ‘Black Adam’ will likely fizzle at the box office without a China release, as Marvel’s ‘Wakanda Forever’ threatens to halt its momentum

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Dwayne Johnson in “Black Adam.”

  • DC’s “Black Adam” cost nearly $200 million to make and has earned $321 million globally.
  • It will likely soon fizzle at the box office, and is shaping up to a financial disappointment.
  • It doesn’t have a China release yet, and Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” opens this weekend.

The Warner Bros. Discovery era of DC movies isn’t off to a great start.

“Black Adam,” starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role of an antihero with god-like magical powers, has grossed $321 million worldwide since debuting on October 21.

It defied initial projections, and poor critic reviews, with a $67 million premiere weekend at the US box office. But its momentum since hasn’t been strong enough to put the movie in a long-term favorable position.

“Black Adam” cost $195 million to make, according to IMDb Pro, not including millions more in marketing expenses. As Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw noted in his latest Screentime newsletter, “Black Adam” likely needs at least $600 million worldwide to break even, when considering theaters typically take around half of a movie’s ticket sales (Warner Bros. did not respond to a request for comment on this estimate).

With Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hitting theaters this weekend, “Black Adam” will likely quickly fizzle at the box office. 

The first “Black Panther” grossed $202 million in its first weekend in the US, more than the $138 million “Black Adam” has earned in three weekends. Early projections indicate that the sequel could open in that range as well.

Box Office Pro chief analyst Shawn Robbins estimated that “Wakanda Forever” could make as much as $205 million this weekend in the US.

And “Black Adam” has also not been approved for release in China yet, according to the box-office analyst Gitesh Pandya, founder of BoxOfficeGuru.com, who said he confirmed that with Warner Bros.

China was an essential market for Hollywood blockbusters before the pandemic, but the country’s film administration has been more selective with the foreign movies that are granted release there as it looks to strengthen the local movie industry.

For instance, none of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies released last year or this year were approved in China.

Johnson himself has been popular in China. His 2018 action movie “Skyscraper” grossed $304 million there worldwide, nearly $100 million of which came from China. Similarly, his monster movie “Rampage” earned $156 million in China. Both movies’ China gross outstripped their US box office.

But it’s unclear if a China release would be enough to save “Black Adam,” considering how much the country’s film priorities have shifted towards local releases in recent years. And Hollywood studios only take about 10% to 20% of ticket sales from China.

Warner Bros. did not respond to a request for confirmation on the movie’s China release.

On its current trajectory, “Black Adam” is on the way to being a box-office disappointment.

It’s one more thing new DC Studios bosses filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran will have to consider when charting the future of DC movies and TV shows.

Warner Bros. Discovery recently hired Gunn and Safran as co-chairs and co-CEOs of the newly created DC Studios as the company looks to implement a 10-year plan for the DC franchise across movies, TV, and animation. Gunn tweeted on Monday that he’s focused on “hammering out the new DCU” and “telling the biggest story ever told.”

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Prime members complain that Amazon Music is ‘unusable’ and in ‘shambles’ after the ability to select individual songs was removed unless they pay $9 a month

The Amazon Music and Spotify app icons on an iPhone, with a user tapping the Amazon icon.
Amazon Music expanded its music catalog in an attempt to beat out rivals like Spotify.

  • Amazon Music recently added 98 million songs to the platform to capitalize on an increase in demand.
  • But Prime members can only play individual songs if they upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited for $9 a month.
  • Some Amazon Music users are posting to Twitter and LinkedIn to criticize the update.

Amazon Music recently added 98 million songs to the streaming platform’s music library free of charge with no ads for Prime members. But some users are not happy. 

Before the music catalog expansion, Amazon Prime members could access up to two million songs to stream through a simple search, and download songs for offline listening with no internet service. But with the new update, the music can only be played in shuffle mode, which means that users cannot play individual songs from artists, albums, or playlists. To do so, users must spend $9 dollars a month extra on Amazon Music Unlimited. 

Such changes are riling up some Amazon music users who are going to Twitter to complain over the loss of certain features.

One user tweeted at Amazon Help asking for a partial refund because she lost all of the music that she purchased prior to the update. “Your music app is now unusable,” she tweeted. “I might as well turn on the radio.”

Another user tweeted that the platform is in “absolute shambles” after his daughter’s Amazon echo smart speaker started playing random songs on shuffle. 

Amazon Music users are also expressing their frustrations over LinkedIn. Some said that their playlists have disappeared and that they cannot replay songs. Others were so frustrated with the update that they said they dropped Amazon Music entirely to stream music on rival platforms like Spotify and Pandora.

An Amazon spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment ahead of publication.

Amazon expanded its music catalog to capitalize on an increased demand for a wider music selection among current members, Jamil Ghani, vice president of Amazon Prime, told the Wall Street Journal. Launched in 2007, Amazon Music jumped from 2 million to more than 68 million users globally, which is 10% of the total music streaming market, according to data from Earthweb.

Still, the number of Amazon Music users fall behind its rivals. Apple Music, in comparison, has 88 million users and Spotify has 433 million.






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I tested six-figure electric cars from Porsche and Mercedes. I’d buy one for its stunning quickness and the other for its opulent interior.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 (top) and Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 (top) and Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

  • You don’t need to buy a Tesla if you want a fancy, electric four-door. 
  • Porsche sells the $86,700 Taycan and Mercedes sells the $102,000 EQS. 
  • I drove fully-loaded versions of both cars to see how they stack up. 

So you want to buy a luxurious electric car but can’t decide between the Porsche Taycan and the Mercedes-Benz EQS?

First off: Congratulations on being rich. 

Testing out the German cars showed me that both are fantastic options for getting around in fancy, zero-emission fashion. But each is great in its own way.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

This comparison isn’t exactly apples-to-apples. The $209,000 Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo Porsche lent me is the highest-performance Taycan available and the hatchback edition. The $141,000 EQS 580 Mercedes provided is also the top-of-the-line model, but there is another, speedier version, the AMG-EQS, which is more comparable to the sporty Taycan.

Still, this showdown gave me a solid idea of what these cars bring to the table and how they stack up. 

How much do they cost?

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.

The Taycan starts at $86,700. The EQS comes in at around $102,000. 

What about range?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The Mercedes earns an impressive EPA rating of 350 miles in the base EQS 450+ configuration while the all-wheel-drive EQS 580 clocks in at 340 miles. The sedan’s blob-like shape may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does cut down on drag, which helps with range. 

The Taycan’s range looks so-so on paper; the 2021 model I tested was rated for only 202 miles. (The 2023 Taycan maxes out at 246 miles, according to the EPA.)

But EPA estimates don’t always tell the full story. I observed a range closer to 250 miles, and Edmunds drove a 2020 Taycan 323 miles on a single charge. It pushed an EQS 450+ 422 miles. 

How do they drive?

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.

The Taycan is without a doubt the more entertaining car to drive. The 750-horsepower Turbo S is breathtakingly, incomprehensibly quick, promising to rocket to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Its steering is precise and it handles impeccably. The tradeoff is that it rides on the stiff side. 

The EQS delights in a whole different way by gliding ever so smoothly and quietly down the road. While the EQS 580 I drove lacks the brutal acceleration of the Taycan, it’s still pretty quick. 

How fast do they charge?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The Taycan promises some of the quickest charging times in the biz. When connected to a sufficiently powerful fast-charging station (270 kilowatts and up), the Taycan can recharge from 5-80% in 22.5 minutes. 

The EQS maxes out at 200 kilowatts and promises to recharge from 10-80% in 31 minutes. 

However, since the Mercedes has a bigger battery and more range, charging times in terms of mileage added in a given time period are similar. 

How do they stack up inside?

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.

The Mercedes smacks you right in the face with a plush, spacious interior filled with leather and high-end materials. High points include options for massaging seats all around and a 56-inch “Hyperscreen” display for folks who simply can’t get enough tech.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.

The Porsche also has a long list of luxurious options, but it gives off a sportier vibe. You have to climb down into its tight driver’s seat, which hugs you and keeps you in place around turns. Its back seats are more cramped than the EQS’s ample back row. My test car also came with several touchscreens, but I found Mercedes’s tech easier to use. 


The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The Taycan Turbo S blew me away with its ridiculous quickness and fantastic handling. It’s a driver’s car for people who care about having fun while they get from A to B. The EQS is equally awesome, but it’s all about cocooning passengers in a quiet, rolling business lounge. 

To sum things up: The Porsche is a car to drive; the Mercedes is a car to be driven in. 

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Some Twitter staff were told to listen to a podcast hosted by 2 of Elon Musk’s advisers for ‘insights’ into mass layoffs, report says

David Sacks and Jason Calacanis either side of the Twitter logo
David Sacks and Jason Calacanis are both advising Elon Musk at Twitter.

  • Twitter’s health team was instructed to listen to tech podcast “All In,” Platformer reports.
  • In the podcast, Musk advisers David Sacks and Jason Calacanis discussed Silicon Valley layoffs.
  • Staff were told the podcast “provides some insight into why this is happening/necessary,” Platformer reported.

Twitter staff were told to listen to a podcast hosted by two of Elon Musk’s advisers to learn why layoffs were necessary, according to Platformer.

David Sacks, who first met Musk working together on PayPal, and Jason Calacanis, a tech entrepreneur and investor, have been helping Twitter transition into its new ownership. They are also two of the four host of the “All-In” podcast, which talks about tech, the economy, and poker. 

Platformer reported that Twitter’s health team — which works on misinformation and harmful content — was told to listen to “All-In” to help understand why half the company’s employees are being laid off.

One Twitter vice president told employees: “The most recent podcast covers the current layoffs happening across tech and provides some insight into why this is happening/necessary.”

Episode 103 of “All-In” was published on YouTube on Saturday, and primarily covers the surge in layoffs at tech companies including Stripe, which laid off 14% of its staff. 

The four hosts, who also include former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, and entrepreneur David Friedberg, agreed on the idea that mass layoffs were necessary.

Sacks said that falling profits across the board in tech were part of an “economy-wide slowdown,” rather than company-specific problems.

The hosts celebrated Musk’s decision to layoff 50% of Twitter’s staff, despite criticism and lawsuits brought against the company.

Friedberg said the move could allow Musk to set “a new standard for how profitable a tech company can get,” and suggested other companies could “try and mimic the Elon playbook.”

Sacks described companies laying off 10% of their staff as “tepid,” adding that in these instances, more layoffs are likely to be needed in the near future. “They have to come back and they do it again and they do it again,” he said.

Friedberg then added that Musk could show “the entirety of Silicon Valley that you can cut deep and you can turn a profit and you can do it fast.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider on Platformer’s report.

On the podcast, Sacks explained that he and Calacanis don’t have official roles at Twitter, but “are just pitching in and helping out while Elon establishes his permanent team.”

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Why Twitter’s downloads and usage have surged following Elon Musk’s takeover

It’s midterm Election Day in the US. With key races unfolding across the country, we’ve got a continuously updated live blog you can follow for the latest news. 

As with everything in 2022, there’s an Elon Musk angle: Yesterday, he encouraged his followers to elect a Republican Congress, despite previously saying that Twitter should be “politically neutral.”

I’m your host, Jordan Parker Erb. We’ve got more Musk news — and other tech stories, believe it or not — so let’s get into it.

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Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California.

1. Twitter downloads and usage have surged. Elon Musk’s leadership of Twitter so far has proved chaotic and unnerving for workers and advertisers, but users appear unfazed: Both the app’s average daily downloads and daily average usage have increased considerably.

  • According to data from Apptopia, daily downloads for November are already up 28% compared to October. And compared to September, downloads are up 46%.
  • As for daily active users, Nov. 6 also turned out to be an all-time high for Twitter, with 245.4 million people using the app that day.
  • The last spike in Twitter usage like this was in late April, around the time that Musk and Twitter revealed their $44 billion merger agreement, according to the data. 
  • Apptopia’s director of content surmised the new growth stems from people curious to see what’s going on with the platform under Musk: “It’s like a car accident on the highway. People like to stop and watch.”

Why Twitter usage may be soaring.

In other news:

A pixelated image of Elon Musk is seen with a graphic of a chat bubble near his mouth.

2. An AI version of Elon Musk talked with us about Twitter, Trump, and Tesla. We wanted to talk with the real Musk, but he seemed kinda busy, so we decided to go with the next best thing: a chatbot version of him. Read everything the Musk chatbot said.

3. Following layoffs, Shopify outsourced many customer-support roles to the Philippines. The ramp-up in outsourcing comes after the company laid off about 1,000 employees — many of whom worked in support — in July. Now, some staffers say they’re worried for their job safety. Here’s what they told us. 

4. Mark Zuckerberg can’t be fired as CEO of Meta. We explain why. Zuckerberg structured Meta so that he has total control of any decisions that affect the company, meaning that even with growing pushback against Facebook’s pivot to the metaverse, he cannot be fired. A look at what that means.

5. Love is Blind star Sikiru “SK” Alagbada shared the startups he invests in. We spoke with the reality TV star who said he prioritizes founder-market fit, Africa-based startups, and diversity when choosing where to invest. Here’s what SK looks for in a startup.

6. It seems like all the tech layoffs are happening at once. That’s the result of multiple factors, including economic conditions and budget-planning for next year. Here’s why experts say the next few weeks could be the worst of them.

7. Fintech darling Brex wants potential hires to be located outside of New York and California. Job posts show that Brex is looking for engineers based in areas outside the traditional tech hubs, including Idaho, Alaska, and other states. Here’s why the startup calls that its “competitive advantage.”

8. A former SpaceX employee says Twitter execs must be ready to work with “good Elon and bad Elon.” In an essay, the employee said working with Musk was like working with two different people: one who was charming and funny, and another who yelled and called employees to work at 3 a.m. Read the full essay here. 

Odds and ends:

The GMC Hummer EV and its e-bike counterpart.
The GMC Hummer EV and its e-bike counterpart.

9. The electric Hummer will soon have a $4,000 e-bike counterpart. Starting in December, you can buy the GMC Hummer EV All-Wheel-Drive Ebike to match your Hummer EV pickup truck. Get a look at the electric bike.

10. We rounded up the best early Black Friday deals of the year. Major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are already offering sales on everything from 4K TVs to Apple gadgets. Everything you need to know to maximize savings.

What we’re watching today:

  • The Walt Disney Company, Nintendo, and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.
  • Twitter shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange today.
  • ZoomTopia, a Zoom user conference, is happening in a hybrid format today and tomorrow.

Keep updated with the latest tech news throughout your day by checking out The Refresh from Insider, a dynamic audio news brief from the Insider newsroom. Listen here.

Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Lisa Ryan (tweet @lisarya) in New York.

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Why tech layoffs are happening all at once — and why the next few weeks could be the worst of them

Man with blue umbrella with back against Meta logo.
Meta is expected to announce big job cuts sometime soon, according to reporting from the Wall Street Journal.

  • Layoffs season is underway, with Meta expected to conduct widespread cuts. 
  • The layoffs are the result of multiple factors, including economic conditions and budget-planning for next year.
  • Industry experts say the next few weeks are critical, as holiday layoffs could hurt morale and future hiring.

Layoffs season has arrived. 

Meta is reportedly planning widespread layoffs. Lyft cut nearly 700 staffers. Fintech giant Stripe laid off 14% of its workforce. Those are just headlines in the last week — and it’s likely only the beginning, industry experts say. 

Earnings across tech are weakening at the same time that companies are beginning to plan for the coming year. And with economic forecasts looking dire, tech firms are starting to tighten the belt — starting with cutting their workforces to shave salary costs.

Which means that in the weeks ahead, thousands of tech workers may be out of a job.

How did we get here

As Big Tech companies reported less-then-stellar earnings over the past few weeks, they also also flashed warning signs about the months ahead. The looming threat of a recession was causing customers to scale back spending, companies said — with few signs of a rebound on the horizon. 

That means in the weeks and months to come, those companies are going to be looking to trim costs where they can, said Dan Wang, an associate professor at the Columbia Business School.

“When they cut costs, the first thing to go is typically labor costs and also advertising and marketing,” Wang told Insider. “So when it comes to forecast what their numbers will look like, it’ll depend on how they have seen the trend in advertising spending on their platforms. When that doesn’t look good, then they have to accommodate those expectations by adjusting the workforces.” 

Tech companies are coming off a period of outsized growth, spurred on by the pandemic. What’s happening now is something of a correction, he said, as the tech world recalibrates to a time when people aren’t stuck at home, glued to their devices. 

And even though in many cases layoffs began earlier this year — both at startups and big tech firms — sometimes, they didn’t go far enough, Menlo Ventures partner Matt Murphy previously told Insider

“It always happens in cycles like this that sometimes companies don’t do layoffs significantly enough, but rather slow down on hiring and hope that normal churn might rightsize them,” Murphy said. “Coming out of Q3, which was much more difficult than Q2, it became much more obvious how many headwinds there were, and startups realized they can’t grow out of this with the staff they have and actually have to lay people off.”

What’s happening now

For some companies, these economic challenges are coming at the same time that they’re planning for the next fiscal year.

Amazon, Meta, and Google, for example, have fiscal years that end at the end of 2022 or in early 2023. They may be looking to get costs off their balance sheets now — before their fiscal years close. For example, if an employee is laid off now and given six weeks of severance, that reduces costs for the first quarter. Even if workers are given a longer severance, like three months, their salaries would be off the books before the end of the first quarter. 

While budget-planning doesn’t apply to every company — Microsoft, for example, just conducted layoffs and its fiscal year ends in June — there is an element of planning ahead at play, said J.P. Gownder, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, a market research company.

“That’s sort of unfortunate because it means that a certain number of folks are going to lose their jobs before the holidays and before the turn of the year,” he told Insider. 

But in other ways, some companies may just be playing follow the leader: assessing economic conditions based in part on what other companies are doing, Gownder said. 

“Watching other firms that are peers, not necessarily competitors, but similar firms to yours in the tech sector, could lead you to say, ‘Ah, this is the time,'” he said. “There is a bit of group-think in Silicon Valley.” 

What happens next

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the next two weeks are critical. That’s because companies may not want to cut jobs during the holidays — it could tank company morale, paralyze the employees who did keep their jobs, and affect future hiring, Gownder said.

“The best talent don’t want to work for the companies that kind of indiscriminately and without any empathy lay people off at the first sign of trouble,” he said. 

Which means that if tech firms want to conduct layoffs, the next two weeks are the time to rip the bandage off or risk not only keeping those costs on their profit and loss statements headed into the next quarter, but piling on these secondary effects.

Some planning could mitigate that — severance would help soften the blow, as would helping laid-off workers get new jobs, like Airbnb did back in 2020 — but the timing still comes down to how individual companies are going to make their planning decisions.

“There is a process at work here, and unfortunately, I don’t know that that process is much focused on not disappointing people at Christmas,” Gownder said. 

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How to use AirPlay on an iPad to stream content or mirror your screen on a TV

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  • You can use AirPlay on an iPad to mirror or stream content to a larger display, like your TV. 
  • You can generally find the AirPlay command in the Share button menu in iPad apps. 
  • You can mirror your iPad’s entire display using the Screen Mirror button in the iPad’s Control Center. 
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Thanks to AirPlay, you can easily stream content from your iPad to a nearby television, streaming media player or Mac wirelessly. The only requirement is that your iPad be connected to the same WiFi network as the compatible device you want to stream to. Depending upon your needs, you can stream photos or video from an app or mirror the entire iPad’s display.  

How to use AirPlay to stream from an iPad to a TV

1. Make sure that your iPad is connected to the same WiFi network as the AirPlay-compatible device you want to stream to.

2. Start the app with the content that you want to stream, such as the Photos or YouTube app. 

3. Tap the AirPlay button. Usually, you’ll find this by tapping the Share icon first, but you might need to explore a bit — there’s no single standard place that all developers put the AirPlay button. 

The Share menu in the iOS Photos app
Tap the Share or AirPlay button when you’re in the app you want to stream.

4. In the dropdown menu, choose the AirPlay-compatible device you want to stream to. 

The Share menu in the iOS Photos app
Choose the AirPlay-compatible device you want to stream to.

5. If requested, enter the code that appears on the TV or other device onto your iPad. 

6. The video should appear on the screen you’re streaming to. 

7. To end your AirPlay session, tap the AirPlay or Share button and choose Turn off AirPlay.

How to use AirPlay to mirror an iPad to a TV

1. Make sure that your iPad is connected to the same WiFi network as the AirPlay-compatible device you want to stream to.

2. Open the Control Center on your iPad by pulling it down from the top right of the screen. (On iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.)

3. Tap the Screen Mirroring button. 

The iOS Control Center on the iPad
You can mirror the iPad to an AirPlay display using the Control Center.

4. In the dropdown menu, choose the AirPlay-compatible device you want to stream to. 

5. If requested, enter the code that appears on the TV or other device onto your iPad. 

6. The video should appear on the screen you’re streaming to. 

To end your AirPlay session, tap the Screen Mirroring button and tap Stop Mirroring.

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The Voice’ crowns its winner on December 14 — here’s how to watch the season finale live without cable

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“The Voice.”

  • “The Voice” is a singing competition with an all-star panel of coaches.
  • The season 21 finale airs on December 14 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • You can stream “The Voice” live on services like Sling Blue, or the next day on Peacock and Hulu.

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“The Voice” will air its season 21 finale on December 14. You can watch the show live at 9 p.m. ET on NBC through cable, satellite, antenna, or live TV streaming services like Sling TV. The finale will also be available to stream the next day on Peacock and Hulu.

Like past seasons, this year’s competition began with the coaches choosing singers for their teams based on blind auditions. Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and John Legend round out the panel of coaches. 

After battling it out across several rounds, five contestants remain in the finale. Viewers will vote on the winner and the champion will be announced on December 14. The finale will also feature special performances from stars like Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, and more.

If you want to stream “The Voice” live or on-demand, here’s how you can watch the finale without cable.

How to watch ‘The Voice’ season 21 finale

You can watch the season 21 finale of “The Voice” on December 14 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Live TV streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV all carry NBC in select markets. You can also stream the show through the NBC website or NBC app if you have an authenticated pay-TV account. 

Sling Blue is the cheapest service with live access to “The Voice” finale. This option costs $35 a month ($10 for your first month). Be aware, however, that NBC is only available in select areas through Sling.

Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV all include access to live NBC as well, but regular prices start at $65 a month for each service. Though that’s a lot more than Sling, they each feature at least 65 live channels compared to Sling Blue’s 43 channels.

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Outside of live TV options, on-demand episodes of “The Voice” are available on Peacock the day after they air on TV. That said, you’ll need a Peacock Premium ($5/month) or Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month) plan to watch new episodes. 

On-demand episodes of “The Voice” are also available to watch on Hulu the day after they air on NBC. A Hulu subscription costs $7 a month for ad-supported streaming or $13 a month for ad-free streaming. New members get a 30-day free trial.

Who are the finalists on ‘The Voice’ this season?

Five contestants are left as finalists on “The Voice.” The remaining singers include:

  • Girl Named Tom (Team Kelly)
  • Hailey Mia (Team Kelly)
  • Jershika Maple (Team Legend)
  • Paris Winningham (Team Blake)
  • Wendy Moten (Team Blake)
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How to get 6 months of Apple Music for free, no purchase necessary

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Apple Music is one of the best music streaming services available, especially if you’re someone who uses an iPhone and other Apple products. Right now, new members can get their first six months of Apple Music for free from Best Buy. That’s double the regular trial period that Apple gives subscribers directly.

The service offers access to over 75 million songs, hundreds of curated playlists, radio shows, and more. You can use it to download songs for offline listening, stream music across all your devices, and even find occasional album exclusives. Apple Music usually costs $10 a month for ad-free streaming with advanced features like lossless audio and Dolby Atmos, but eligible college students and Siri users can get specific plans for as little as $5 a month.

If you’re new to the service, there’s no better way to start than with six free months. We’ve outlined how to snag your own Apple Music trial, below. 

How to get 6 free months of Apple Music

  1. Go to Best Buy’s website and sign up for an account with the store.
  2. Add the “Free Apple Music for six months” digital download to your cart.
  3. Go to your cart and check out.
  4. Wait for a digital code to be sent to the email address linked to your Best Buy account.

Once your trial ends, your Apple Music subscription will auto-renew for $10 a month, which can be cancelled anytime. This deal is only good for new Apple Music members.

It’s not clear how long Best Buy’s promotion will be available. It started in May 2021, and is still running now. 

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Former SpaceX engineer says she was sexually harassed and ‘misogyny is rampant’ at Elon Musk’s rocket company

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on the launch pad in Florida.
A SpaceX rocket and capsule at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in early November.

  • A former SpaceX engineer published an essay claiming the company is “rife with sexism.”
  • Former SpaceX engineer Ashley Kosak said she experienced sexual harassment from colleagues.
  • SpaceX and Musk did not respond to a request for comment.

A former SpaceX engineer published an essay on Tuesday accusing Elon Musk’s rocket company of fostering an environment “rife with sexism.”

Ashley Kosak, a former Mission Integration Engineer at the space company, said she faced sexual harassment while employed by SpaceX and that supervisors and human resources officials failed to adequately address the alleged incidents.

On Tuesday, The Verge reported that four more former employees said they had experienced or witnessed sexual harassment while at SpaceX. In three of the alleged cases, the former workers told the publication that they did not feel HR’s response was adequate.

A SpaceX spokesperson, as well as the company’s CEO, Musk, did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.

In the essay, Kosak, who said she started working at SpaceX in 2017 as an intern and became an engineer in 2019, alleged that a fellow intern grabbed her backside while she was in the kitchen of the intern housing unit where they were both staying. She said she told a superior and another co-worker.

Kosak also said that in 2018 “a male colleague ran his hand over my shirt, from my lower waist to my chest” at a team-bonding event while she was an intern. She said she told her supervisors and reported the alleged behavior to HR in a meeting “but no one followed up,” leaving her to feel “powerless.”

“Some of the men who work at SpaceX hug women without consent, stare at women while they work, and interpret every company-related social event as an opportunity to date (or hit on) women in the office,” Kosak wrote.

She said that coworkers messaged her on Instagram to ask her out and that she once received a 4 a.m. call from a coworker. She said a different coworker came over to her house and “insisted on touching me even when I repeatedly requested we stay professional.”

Kosak said in the essay that she reported “each incident of sexual harassment I experienced to HR” but “nothing was done.” She said that she was told a company training would be held, but that “matters of this nature were too private to openly discuss with the perpetrators.”

Kosak said in the essay that she attributes the work environment at SpaceX to Musk’s leadership.

“Elon Musk’s behavior bears a remarkable similarity to the behavior of a sadistic and abusive man who had previously been part of my life,” Kosak wrote, saying Musk makes promises, but continually “shifts the goalpost” and pushes people to “the brink of burnout.”

“Elon uses engineers as a resource to be mined rather than a team to be led,” Kosak said in the essay.

The engineer said that after repeatedly making reports to HR, she submitted her complaints to an anonymous Ethics and Compliance tipline, which she said she later realized was a Microsoft form that did not preserve her anonymity. Kosak said she then met with COO Gwynne Shotwell and Head of HR Brian Bjelde, who she said told her they had not been made aware of her complaints and asked for her to submit a list of proposed solutions.

Shotwell and Bjelde did not respond to a request for comment from Insider, but The Verge obtained an email that was sent out by Shotwell over the weekend, reiterating the company’s stance against harassment. The COO reportedly said the company plans to perform a third-party audit of its HR practices.

“We also know we can always do better,” the email reportedly said.

Kosak said her psychiatrist eventually recommended she take a step back from work due to “frequent panic attacks” and “heart palpitations.”

“As I took a week’s medical leave to recover, I received a frantic cadence of calls from HR,” she wrote. 

Kosak resigned in November and has since begun working at Apple, according to her LinkedIn page.

Kosak is not the first person to express concern regarding the work environment at Musk’s companies. Last year, a former SpaceX intern filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company, alleging her decision to report alleged sexual harassment to HR cost her the opportunity for a full-time job. The lawsuit has since been privately resolved and dismissed, The Verge reports.

Over the past four weeks, eight Tesla factory workers have sued Musk’s electric car company, alleging Tesla ignored sexual harassment.

The former SpaceX engineer’s essay also comes only a few months after engineers at Jeff Bezos’ space venture, Blue Origin, expressed similar concerns, alleging the company had a “toxic” and “sexist” work culture.

“The last I heard, new SpaceX interns would receive training on how to better report their harassment,” Kosak wrote in the last lines of her essay. “The harassers, on the other hand, have still not been held to account.”

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