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2 Billion Phones Cannot Use Google and Apple Contact-Tracing Tech

Slashdot - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As many as a billion mobile phone owners around the world will be unable to use the smartphone-based system proposed by Apple and Google to track whether they have come into contact with people infected with the coronavirus, industry researchers estimate. The figure includes many poorer and older people -- who are also among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 -- demonstrating a "digital divide" within a system that the two tech firms have designed to reach the largest possible number of people while also protecting individuals' privacy. The particular kind of Bluetooth "low energy" chips that are used to detect proximity between devices without running down the phone's battery are absent from a quarter of smartphones in active use globally today, according to analysts at Counterpoint Research. A further 1.5 billion people still use basic or "feature" phones that do not run iOS or Android at all. "In all, close to 2 billion [mobile users] will not be benefiting from this initiative globally," said Neil Shah, analyst at Counterpoint. "And most of these users with the incompatible devices hail from the lower-income segment or from the senior segment which actually are more vulnerable to the virus." Ben Wood, analyst at CCS Insight, estimates that only around two-thirds of adults would have a compatible phone. "And that's the UK, which is an extremely advanced smartphone market," he said. "In India, you could have 60-70 percent of the population that is ruled out immediately." The report adds: "Counterpoint Research is more optimistic, estimating that 88 percent compatibility in developed markets such as the US, UK, and Japan, while about half of people in India would own the necessary handset."

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Whole Foods Is Reportedly Using a Heat Map To Track Stores At Risk of Unionization

Slashdot - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 22:10
According to Business Insider, Amazon-owned Whole Foods is tracking and scoring stores it deems at risk of unionizing through an interactive heat map. From the report: The heat map is powered by an elaborate scoring system, which assigns a rating to each of Whole Foods' 510 stores based on the likelihood that their employees might form or join a union. The stores' individual risk scores are calculated from more than two dozen metrics, including employee "loyalty," turnover, and racial diversity; "tipline" calls to human resources; proximity to a union office; and violations recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The map also tracks local economic and demographic factors such as the unemployment rate in a store's location and the percentage of families in the area living below the poverty line. The stores' scores on each metric are fed into the heat map, which is a geographic illustration of the United States peppered with red spots to indicate high-risk Whole Foods stores. The heat map reveals how Whole Foods is using technology and data to help manage its vast workforce of more than 95,000 employees. It also provides a rare look into corporate labor-tracking activities, a common practice among large companies but one rarely discussed publicly. In a statement provided to Business Insider, the company said an "overwhelming majority" of its employees prefer a "direct relationship" with the company over union representation. "Whole Foods Market recognizes the rights of our Team Members to decide whether union representation is right for them," the company said. "We agree with the overwhelming majority of our Team Members that a direct relationship with Whole Foods Market and its leadership, where Team Members have open lines of communication and every individual is empowered to share feedback directly with their team leaders, is best." "Our open-door communication policy allows us to understand and quickly respond to the needs of our workforce, while recognizing, rewarding, and supporting the goals of every member of our team," the statement continued. "At Whole Foods Market, we're committed to treating all of our Team Members fairly, creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering working environment, and providing our Team Members with career advancement opportunities, great benefits, and competitive compensation, including an industry-leading starting minimum wage of $15/hour."

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Apple invites select developers to attend accessibility webinar ahead of WWDC 2020

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 22:02

WWDC 2020 is scheduled to be held in June as a “completely new online experience” due to COVID-19 concerns. But first, Apple is inviting some selected developers to attend a webinar about accessibility ahead of the WWDC. more…

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Alibaba To Invest $28 Billion In Cloud Services After Coronavirus Boosted Demand

Slashdot - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 21:30
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said it will invest $28 billion in its cloud infrastructure over three years -- "a plan that follows a boom in demand for business software as the coronavirus outbreak peaked in China," reports Reuters. From the report: The company said in a statement it will spend the funds on semiconductor and operating system development as well as building out its data centre infrastructure. While most of China's white collar employees were working from home throughout February, the country's dominant cloud player saw usage surge for its software, most notably DingTalk, a workplace chat app used by both businesses and schools. At one point, users complained of lags on the app due to the high volume of activity. The company acknowledged the issues on Weibo, the Chinese social networking site. Alibaba Cloud Intelligence president Jeff Zhang said in the statement that the COVID-19 pandemic "has posed additional stress on the overall economy across sectors" and the company hoped the investment would help businesses "speed up the recovery process."

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New concept imagines how Apple could recreate Xcode for iPad

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 21:07

Every year, right after Apple announces a new iPad or something related, the old discussion about having a version of Xcode for iPadOS is retaken. While we don’t know if Apple is working on that for the next WWDC in June, designer Parker Ortolani is back with a fantastic concept that imagines how Apple could recreate Xcode for the iPad.

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Facebook's New Gaming App Launches on Android, With iOS Version Coming Soon

Slashdot - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 20:51
Facebook's dedicated Gaming app is now live on Android, months before its planned June release. From a report: The social media giant pushed the app out two months prior to its scheduled unveiling amid a global pandemic that's left people all over the world isolated at home, rapidly burning through entertainment options. The New York Times announced the upcoming release in an exclusive over the weekend, noting that Facebook's massive gaming investment has culminated in more 700 million of the sites's 2.5 billion users actively playing games through the platform monthly. The launch of a devoted app is a clear next step for content that has, until now, been the domain of the site's Gaming tab. Social engagement is the focus for the app (naturally), which will be getting an iOS version at some point in the near future (pending Apple approval).

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Twitter for Mac update brings long-awaited timeline streaming for latest tweets

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 20:38

Twitter has just released an update to its official Mac app with a long-awaited feature: the ability to get a live stream of recent tweets. Users can now see all the tweets that have just been published without having to manually update the timeline.

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Sileo Team open-sources v2.0.0 alpha 1 of its package manager

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 20:32

The Sileo Team announced on Monday that Sileo version 2.0.0 alpha 1 had been published as open source software for the first time.
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Huawei Caught Passing Off DSLR Photos As Being Taken With Smartphones

Slashdot - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 20:10
Huawei was recently caught passing off photos taken with a DSLR as ones shot with one of its phones. PhoneDog reports: Earlier this month, Huawei kicked off a contest for its Next Image community, and a video on Weibo included several high-quality photos and at the end said they were "taken with Huawei smartphones." As South China Morning Post notes, though, Weibo user Jamie-hua found that some of those photos were actually taken with a $3,500 Nikon D850 DSLR camera. The photos were found on 500px, an online photography site, and were taken by photographer Su Tie. Huawei has since apologized and said that the photos were incorrectly marked due to "an oversight by the editor." The company has also updated its original promo video for the contest to remove the claim that the images were taken with Huawei phones. This isn't the first time something like this has happened to Huawei. In 2018, an ad appeared to show that a selfie was taken with the Huawei Nova 3, but it was actually snapped with a DSLR.

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Ferrite Recording Studio updated with enhanced trackpad and mouse support in iPadOS 13.4, more

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 20:03

Ferrite Recording Studio is one of the more powerful applications for audio production on the iPhone and iPad. A new update today adds a variety of new features, including expanded support for mouse and trackpad input thanks to iPadOS 13.4.

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Apple shares new video highlighting how to use iPad with Magic Keyboard and other trackpads

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 19:53

Apple has just shared a new video to its official Apple Support YouTube channel showing how to use an iPad with the new Magic Keyboard and other trackpads, highlighting some available gestures and settings.

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How to set your Mac or computer display at the right height to avoid or fix neck pain

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 19:27

We previously took a look at how to sit properly at your computer to avoid back pain and fatigue. Continuing on with the theme for improved well-being while working at desks, couches, and more, let’s dive into another important aspect of posture: head and neck position and how to set your computer display at the right height to avoid pain.

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iPhone SE: hands on with every official Apple case [Video]

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 18:58

As with every iPhone launch, Apple has produced a variety of official cases to go along with its new iPhone SE hardware. Unlike the iPhone 11, which featured 17 unique official Apple cases at launch, the iPhone SE’s official case options are much more modest.

In total, there are just six new official iPhone SE cases to choose from. We were able to pick up all six for an early hands-on look at every color and case style that Apple offers for this year’s budget iPhone. Watch our brief hands-on commentary for the details. more…

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France says limitations in iOS are delaying the development of its COVID-19 contact-tracing app

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 18:32

As Apple and Google develop contact-tracing technology, France says a technical obstacle in iOS is preventing its government contact-tracing app from working properly. Bloomberg reports that France wants to deploy the app by May 11, and it’s asking Apple to “lift the technical hurdle” that’s currently in the way.

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ABC turns to Apple for help producing ‘American Idol’ from home during COVID-19

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 17:46

The entertainment industry continues to rely on Apple products and services to continue production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report from Deadline today details how ABC is working closely with Apple to continue production of American Idol from home.

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Sony’s 2020 HomeKit and AirPlay 2-enabled TVs now available from $599

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:19

We saw Sony launch some of its first TVs with HomeKit and AirPlay 2 functionality last year and now most of the new 2020 lineup with Apple integration is available to buy. The latest Sony models with HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support range from $599 to $9,999.

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Customer support platform Conversocial adds support for Apple Business Chat

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:01

Conversocial, one of the leading customer experience platforms, has announced support for Apple’s Business Chat service today. This means that brands using Conversocial for customer support can now easily integrate Apple Business Chat.

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