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Apple Partners With Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Others to Launch America’s Food Fund

Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Ford Foundation have partnered to launch America’s Food Fund, an initiative aimed at helping to ensure that all people have reliable access to food in the United States. The initiative is being hosted by fundraising platform GoFundMe and will benefit the non-profit hunger-relief organizations World Central Kitchen […]

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Apple’s Pandemic Recovery Donation to China More Than Doubles to $7 Million

Apple has more than doubled its donation to China’s virus recovery efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Chinese social networking site Weibo today (via Reuters). Apple has now donated more than 50 million yuan ($7 million) to the country, which will be used to support long-term public health recovery efforts. China has shown incredible […]

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U.S. Government Using Mobile Ad Location Data to Track Compliance With Curbs on Movement

The U.S. government is using smartphone location data from the mobile ad industry to track people’s movements amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received the anonymized data about people in areas of “geographic interest,” with the aim being to […]

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UK Telecoms Providers Remove All Data Caps on Home Broadband Services

Britain’s big telecoms providers have agreed to lift the data caps on all fixed-line broadband services to help people isolated at home following the coronavirus epidemic, reports Reuters. The companies, which include BT, Virgin Media, Sky, O2, Vodafone, Three, and TalkTalk, committed to support and protect vulnerable customers during the pandemic following talks with the […]

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Apple Launches COVID-19 Website and App With Screening Tool and Resources

Apple today announced that it has released a new COVID-19 website and iPhone app with a screening tool and other resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple partnered with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA […]

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WhatsApp and Amazon Alexa Launch Coronavirus Information Services

The British government this week launched a coronavirus information service on WhatsApp to help users access information about the disease from their smartphones. WhatsApp users in the U.K. can access the service by tapping this link. Alternatively, start a new chat in WhatsApp, select New Contact, and add the number (+44) 7860 064422 to the […]

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Apple Adds British Government Coronavirus PSA to UK App Store

U.K. iPhone and iPad users who open the App Store this morning are being met with a COVID-19 public service announcement from the British government, signaling an expansion of Apple’s efforts to prominently display official coronavirus alerts on its devices. Tapping on the prioritized card takes users to an NHS app link and a video […]

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iPhone Production in India Suspended as Population of 1.3 Billion Begins 21-Day Lockdown

Apple’s iPhone factories in India are closing temporarily, after the Indian government ordered the country’s population of 1.3 billion people to stay at home for at least three weeks in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The factories in India have suspended production until at least April 14 following the nationwide lockdown ordered […]

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Apple to Donate Two Million N95 Respirator Masks to U.S. Hospitals

Apple Shares Two Ads Showcasing New iPad Pro Capabilities Apple has shared two ads on its YouTube channel highlighting the power of its just-updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, including a new Magic Keyboard. The first video, titled “Your next computer is not a computer,” showcases the new features in the updated iPad Pro, […]

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Bloomberg: iPhone 12 Still on Course for Fall Launch Despite COVID-19 Disruption

The iPhone 12 is on course for a fall launch despite disruptions to mobile manufacturing in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with Apple’s supply chain. Apple’s next flagship iPhones, with 5G wireless capabilities, are still on schedule to launch in the fall, although that’s partly because mass production […]

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YouTube to Follow Netflix’s Lead and Reduce Stream Quality in Europe to Ease Strain on Broadband Networks

Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube is reducing the quality of its videos in Europe to reduce the strain on broadband networks caused by an upsurge in home usage following the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports. “We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default,” the […]

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Apple’s Podcasts App Features Coronavirus and Stay-at-Home Content

The coronavirus outbreak in the United States and many other countries around the world has left people in affected areas stuck inside their homes. With that in mind, Apple’s Podcasts team has put together some useful content lists for those who want to stay informed about COVID-19, soothe themselves with meditation, or stay entertained. The […]

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Netflix Reduces Streaming Video Quality in Europe to Lower Data Usage and Ease Strain on Broadband Networks

Netflix has complied with a request from the European Union to lower its streaming video quality in Europe to ease network strain from the millions of people working from home. According to the BBC, Netflix is reducing video quality in Europe for the next 30 days. Netflix says that the change will reduce data consumption […]

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Apple Pledges Substantial Donation With Medical Supplies to Italy’s First Responders and Medical Personnel

Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced on Twitter that Apple is making a substantial donation that includes medical supplies to Protezione Civile in Italy, with the funds set to help first responders, medical personnel, and volunteers working to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Apple last week said that it has made […]

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Conan O’Brien to Film Talk Show From Home Using iPhone

Late night talk show hosts have been canceling shows, working without audiences, and using other workarounds to continue to create content amid the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and other countries that has locked many people in their homes. Well-known talk show host Conan O’Brien has a unique solution to the coronavirus situation, last […]

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EU Urges Netflix, YouTube to Consider Limiting Stream Quality to Ease Strain on Networks Amid Surge in Remote Working

The European Union has called on Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services to consider temporarily reducing streaming quality in a bid to ease the strain on the continent’s broadband networks, as tens of millions of people start working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic (via Financial Times). The EU said streaming platforms should consider offering […]

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Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News). The Israeli government said the new powers will be used to identify people infected with coronavirus and make sure they’re following quarantine […]

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Alto’s Odyssey, Alto’s Adventure and Kingdom Rush Available for Free Right Now

New MacBook Air Possible as Early as Next Week Last March, MacRumors received an anonymous tip claiming that Apple would announce new iPad, iMac, and iPod models with three consecutive days of press releases the following week, and that information proved to be two-thirds accurate with new iPad Air and iPad mini models announced on […]

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U.S. Government Exploring Ways to Use Smartphone Location Data to Track Coronavirus Spread

The United States government is in talks with Facebook, Google, and other tech companies about how location data from smartphones can be used to combat the coronavirus, reports The Washington Post. Tech companies could aggregate anonymous location data that could be used to map the spread of the coronavirus and determine whether social distancing is […]

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