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Apple announces many of its most popular services are now available in more countries

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 03:34

The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in 20 more countries, while Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries.
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By 2023, Some GM Facilities In Michigan Will Run On 100 Percent Renewables

Slashdot - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 03:00
On its way to being net-zero carbon neutral by 2050, General Motors announced today that some of its southeast Michigan facilities will be fully powered by renewable energy by 2023. CNET reports: The carmaker said on Monday it will strengthen a partnership with DTE Energy to buy another 500,000 megawatt-hours worth of energy in the next few years. That's on top of 300,000 mWh already purchased, making a total of 800,000 mWh, or enough clean energy to take C02 from 63 million gallons of gasoline burned out of the air. Facilities first targeted for fully renewable energy include GM's downtown Detroit-based Renaissance Center headquarters and two assembly plants: Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck. The Warren Technical Center is also on the shortlist for 100% green energy in fewer than three years. Clean energy powering Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck suits the plants, too. Orion builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Detroit-Hamtramck will build the GMC Hummer EV along with future electric cars. GM's investment will help fund two new solar parks DTE plans to build, which the company said will create 1,500 jobs during the construction period.

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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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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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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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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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