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9to5Mac Daily: March 25, 2020 – New features in iOS 13.4, watchOS 6.2, and more

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:21

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Categories: Geek

Apple-owned Shazam updated with Split View multitasking support on iPad

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:15

Shazam's iOS app now supports side-by-side multitasking mode on the iPad, and you can finally swipe to delete your Shazams in the Library's list view.
Categories: Geek

Semi-Respite Open Thread: Staying Sane in Zero-G

Balloon Juice - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:13

(Read the whole thing — it’s quite pithy!)

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Categories: Politics

Trump plans to bypass legitimate medical research by hyping yet another magic website

Daily Kos - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:11

Desperate for something they can sell as a coronavirus cure, Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are pressing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and they’re getting ready to take it to the next level. Already someone has died after taking a fish drug with chloroquine in the name because Trump raved about the magic of chloroquine. And people are hoarding the drugs, causing widespread shortages for people who definitely need them for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other conditions. 

Now the White House is seeking to bypass the scientific method and Food and Drug Administration rules by working with the technology company Oracle—which was founded by a Trump backer—to create an online platform where doctors would report on their use of the unproven off-label drugs.

Categories: Politics

Coronavirus Growth in Western Countries: March 24 Update

Kevin Drum - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:56

Here’s the coronavirus growth rate through Tuesday. There are no big changes since yesterday aside from a sudden flattening of the growth curve in Switzerland. We’ll see if that holds for the rest of the week. Here’s the curve for Italy that I posted yesterday, updated by a day:

This has a significantly lower peak than yesterday. It still suggests an endpoint in early May, but the total death toll now pencils out to about 22,000, or 0.036 percent of Italy’s total population. Here’s another version of the curve that uses cumulative deaths and therefore has much less noise. It shows the same thing:

If this holds up, it shows just how effective strict control measures can be. The hard part is going to be keeping them in place all the way through the end of April even as the death rate plummets. People are going to get very itchy about staying at home all the time when it seems like the news is so positive, but it has to be done all the way down to zero.

Here’s how to read the charts: Let’s use France as an example. For them, Day 0 was March 5, when they surpassed one death per 10 million by recording their sixth death. They are currently at Day 19; total deaths are at 184x their initial level; and they have recorded a total of 16.4 deaths per million so far. As the chart shows, this is slightly below where Italy was on their Day 19.

The raw data from Johns Hopkins is here.

Categories: Politics

Dell Mobile Connect will now let you mirror your iPhone to a Windows PC

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:49

Dell has updated its Mobile Connect app to version 3.0, which now supports screen mirroring iPhones, as well as supporting additional features between devices.
Categories: Geek

Apple Blocks Third-Party Cookies in Safari

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:42
Starting this week, with the release of Safari 13.1 and through updates to the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) privacy feature, Apple now blocks all third-party cookies in Safari by default. From a report: The company's move means that online advertisers and analytics firms cannot use browser cookie files anymore to track users as they visit different sites across the internet. But Apple says the move isn't actually a big deal, since they were already blocking most third-party cookies used for tracking anyway. "It might seem like a bigger change than it is," said John Wilander, an Apple software engineer. "But we've added so many restrictions to ITP since its initial release in 2017 that we are now at a place where most third-party cookies are already blocked in Safari."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

You can now mirror and control your iPhone on a Dell PC

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:33

We learned back in January that Dell was working on a feature that would allow you to control your iPhone from one of the company’s Windows PCs, and that ability is now available …


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Categories: Geek

Trump is putting ego and his business buddies over public health, and it's not exactly a surprise

Daily Kos - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:25

Anyone who’s paid attention to Donald Trump’s ego trips labeled as “coronavirus briefings” has noticed Trump pressuring the scientists on the task force to agree with his political sniping or his downgrading of public health on the priority list. And we’ve seen Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, give interviews saying things like, “let’s get real, what do you want me to do?” when asked about Trump’s misinformation.

This week, Trump is explicitly putting the economy over public health—as if that’s even possible—repeatedly insisting (sometimes in all caps) that “we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” The Washington Post offers a truly scary look at how that’s happening as Trump sidelines United States Department of Health and Human Services officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while relying on his know-it-all son-in-law Jared Kushner and a fleet of self-interested Wall Street types.

Categories: Politics

The Google Podcasts app has made its way to the App Store

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:19

The Google Podcasts app is available on iOS for the first time complete with Assistant integration, personalized recommendations and other cool features.
Categories: Geek

Here's some of the key details of the coronavirus stimulus achieved by Schumer and Mnuchin

Daily Kos - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:17

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced in the early morning hours Wednesday that he had achieved a deal on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republicans in the Senate. The Senate could vote as early as Wednesday afternoon on the bill, the text of which is not yet available. In a dear colleague letter to Senate Democrats, Schumer said "We have reached an agreement to address this public health emergency, support our local communities, and most importantly, put America's workers first."

To that end, the bill still includes $1,200 per individual, $500 per child for people making up to $75,000 annually in a one-time payment. The "phase-in" that cut lower-income workers that the Republicans had included in their failed bill is gone. Schumer says those checks will be cut April 6. Democrats argued for continuing payments, but didn't get it. They did, however, secure a greatly expanded unemployment insurance program that Schumer wrote "increases the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week and ensures that laid-off workers, on average, will receive their full pay for four months." He continued, "It ensures that all workers are protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large, along with self-employed and workers in the gig economy." It also allows workers who are furloughed rather than laid off to receive UI.

Categories: Politics

Trump's DHS scrapped the system that was supposed to prepare the nation for enduring a pandemic

Daily Kos - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:10

It’s not just that Donald Trump and company actively took apart the team that was designed to provide a national response to pandemics. Even within the agencies and systems that remained, disaster response of all kinds—and pandemic response in particular—was devalued, ignored, and allowed to simply disappear.

Trump may have ended military exercises with South Korea as a sop to North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, but there appears to be no reason at all why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stopped planning for pandemics. For more than a decade, DHS held an annual simulation of how a pandemic would affect America, looking for critical holes in the nation’s infrastructure and making proposals to shore up weaknesses in both health care and transportation. But as soon as Trump took office, this planning simply … stopped. 

Categories: Politics

Apple's App Store Rules Limit Rival Gaming Services While Arcade Runs Free

Slashdot - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:01
Video-game fans suddenly have their pick of a huge menu of titles thanks to a raft of new mobile subscription services from Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet's Google and Nvidia. But for the more than 1 billion users of Apple's iPhone and iPad, the only real option is Arcade, the subscription service launched by the company in September. From a report: That's because Apple imposes strict limits on the kinds of apps users can access on its devices. For example, App Store guidelines ban services that rely on streaming from the cloud. Arcade adheres to the requirements, in part, because it's included as a feature within the App Store itself. This is the latest example of what critics say are arbitrary rules favoring Apple's own apps at the expense of similar software from outside developers. "There's a fraught relationship between developers and Apple precisely because of rules like this," said David Barnard, a longtime independent developer and advocate at RevenueCat. "In some ways, I am incredibly grateful to their marketplace for helping me make millions of dollars I wouldn't have made without it. On the flip side, them being so heavy handed at times does kill apps and does cause developers to miss out on other potential revenue." If software developers want to reach as many consumers as possible, they have to be on Apple's iOS. The operating system powers more than 1 billion smartphones and tablets and it's the only way to access the iOS App Store, which accounted for 65% of app spending globally last year, according to Sensor Tower. The Cupertino, California-based company can also make or break mobile gaming businesses: More than half of the $62 billion spent on smartphone gaming last year happened on Apple products.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

Tech coronavirus roundup: From tracking apps to when not to use your microwave

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:58

Tracking apps could be one of the keys to containing the coronavirus outbreak, some believe, supporting an approach known as contact tracing. As the term suggests, the idea is that every time someone tests positive for the virus, you try to identify all the people who have been in recent close contact with them, in order to test them too.

Singapore has had significant success with this approach, using an app known as TraceTogether, and is now open-sourcing the code so that it can be used by other countries…


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Categories: Geek

Brit Hume And Tucker Carlson Discuss Who Should Live And Who Should Die

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:48

Tucker Carlson asked Brit Hume what he thought about Dan Patrick's suggestion that we reopen businesses and shrug off the risk to older people to save the economy.

"Well, I think he's essentially saying something that's not terribly different from what the president and Governor Cuomo have been saying. Which is that this, what we're living in now, this circumstance as we try to beat this virus, is not sustainable. That the utter collapse of the country's economy, which many think will happen if this goes on much longer, is an intolerable result," Hume said.

"And that, he is saying, for his own part, that he'd be willing to take a risk of getting the disease if that's what it took to allow the economy to move forward. And he said that because he's late in life, you know, that he would be perhaps more willing then he might've been at a younger age. Which seems to me to be an entirely reasonable viewpoint."

(Sure! The same people who have made a religion of worshipping zygotes are very, very good at cognitive dissonance, so of course it's "an entirely reasonable viewpoint" to let seniors die!)

Hume continued, "Now, I guess a lot of people think that, you know, as your previous guest just suggested, that, you know, any kind of risk with anybody's life is intolerable. And I think, you know, we live with the risk of, you know, seasonal influenza every year and thousands upon thousands die from it. But we do not, as has been pointed out, shut down the economy to combat it."

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Categories: Politics

YouTube Music for iOS launches song lyrics

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:44

Google's added lyrics to the YouTube Music app for iPhone and iPad, but not all song have embedded lyrics and they're static, not animated like in Apple's case.
Categories: Geek

11 ways the United States will change because of the coronavirus

Daily Kos - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:40

The 9/11 terrorist attacks ushered in a new era of changes that linger to this day—from taking off our shoes at airport security checkpoints, to tolerating an erosion of civil liberties and government intrusion in our lives. We are deeply in debt from the resulting (and unnecessary) wars and hyper militarization of our budget. Republicans reaped electoral benefits, branding themselves as the party that “keeps you safe.” 

COVID-19 promises a dramatic reshaping of American society. Here’s at least ten ways our lives will change. Feel free to speculate about others. 

Categories: Politics

[Update: Available] Google Podcasts arrives on iOS as Android redesign goes official

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:27

Google Podcasts has been built out in beta on Android and the web over the past several months, and now it’s getting some big updates. Today, Google is releasing an official Google Podcasts app on iOS as it officially reveals a redesign for the service.


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Categories: Geek

Illustrator for iPad is coming in 2020 and Adobe has begun inviting users to beta test the app

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:25

Following Photoshop for iPad, Adobe is planning to release Illustrator for iPad in 2020, and now the company is starting to invite people to help it beta-test the app.
Categories: Geek

Frustrated Joe Biden: 'Why Doesn't He Just Act Like A President?'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:25

In an interview with Nicolle Wallace yesterday, Joe Biden expresses his frustration with Trump's refusal to implement the Defense Production Act.

"If he is not going to use it, lend it to somebody else. You're a wartime president? Act like that. We cannot waste any more time," Biden said.

"I laid out in detail a plan I thought we should be implementing a couple days ago and didn't get that much coverage, national coverage, but they tell me over, I think, 3.5 million people watched it online. And so, I'm learning how to deal with the vehicles that are available to get news out and get -- communicate with people," he said.

"Think about this. I am so -- this sounds corny. I'm so proud to be an American right now. Look at the way the nation is responding, ordinary people reach out. Look at the doctors and first responders. I was talking to the firefighters. These folks are risking their lives. They're not -- i talked about we had a discussion announcing saying we had to restore the soul of this country. Stop appealing to prejudice and the like. None of the folks, none of the docs are saying by the way, you're black, white, Chinese, you're this, you're that. They're just doing it," he said.

As another example, he talked about how volunteers are contacting cancer patients who are alone and frightened.

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Categories: Politics