Sean Connery has died – BBC

HOLLYWOOD – OCTOBER 01: Actor Sean Connery presents during AFI’s Night At The Movies presented by Target held at ArcLight Cinemas on October 1, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)

Legendary British actor Sean Connery, best known for playing fictional spy James Bond in seven films, has died aged 90, the BBC reported on Saturday.

The Scottish actor, who was knighted in 2000, won numerous awards during his decades-spanning career, including an Oscar, three Golden Globes and two Bafta awards.

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Model in Park Seo-joon telco ad catches Filipino K-drama fans’ attention: ‘Sana all’

Park Seo-joon (left) and model May Myat Noe (Images: Facebook/Smart Communications, Inc., May Myat Noe)

After the release of Park Seo-joon’s recent ad for a telecommunications company, many of his Filipino fans could not help but envy his partner in the video.

One K-drama fan (@TheSarangheOppa) even joked that she needed to find out the woman’s name for her thesis, as seen on her Twitter page on Oct. 28.

“Need lang para sa thesis, che-check ko lang kung pang-ilan s’ya sa pila. [Thanks],” she said alongside a screenshot of the woman in the Smart Communications ad.

([I] just need it for my thesis, I will just check where she is in the line.)

A fellow fan (@allaboutNaxYa) quickly replied and pointed out that the lucky girl is a Burmese model and actress named May Myat Noe. She also joined the fourth season of the TV reality show “Asia’s Next Top Model” in 2016.

Prior to joining the contest, Noe won the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant back in 2014.

Another fan (@Yaellaine17) reiterated how fortunate Noe was to be with Park and wished that she could meet the actor as well.

“Ang swerte naman ni Girl (The girl is so lucky),” the fan said. “Sana all.”

The day after the ad’s release, Noe expressed her gratitude to those who congratulated her for landing the job. She also shared behind-the-scenes photos of them together.

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Audible launching free podcasts: What difference does it make for me?

Audible recently announced that it was offering access to 100,000 audio programs for free on its platform. Image: MixMedia / IStock.com

American tech giants have recently invested twice as much in podcast productions. While some worry that podcast downloads may go down because people are working more from home, and spending less time commuting, Audible is trying to stand out by offering 100,000 audio programs (3 million episodes) for free on its platform.

The Amazon company, mostly known for its audiobooks, already gives access to hit podcasts such as “Pod Save America,” “You’re Wrong About,” “This American Life,” “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” and “FiveThirtyEight Politics.” Now Audible has announced that other titles will be available on its platform in the coming weeks, with exclusive content.

This new portfolio of 100,000 programs is still relatively thin compared to Apple Podcasts’ and Spotify’s, which respectively host 1.5 million and 1 million audio programs on their platform. However, Audible is all set to shake their hold on the market.

“Audible extends its commitment to quality audio storytelling and listeners now have access to a wider range of innovative and thought-provoking content even beyond our growing library of Audible Originals and our unparalleled catalog of audiobooks—all in one place,” said the Amazon company in a statement.

The new strategy follows Amazon Music’s entry into the podcast industry in September, when the musical streaming platform announced it was giving access to over 70,000 programs to its users throughout the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan. In order to stand out from its competitors, Amazon Music offered original content like a podcast produced by DJ Khaled as well as one from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The e-commerce giant is not the only one on the market aiming at becoming “the Netflix of podcasting.” Netflix

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