CNET: Apple will close some stores again amid coronavirus spikes. “Apple plans to temporarily close some of its retail stores again because of spikes of coronavirus cases in some states across the US. The closures, earlier reported by Bloomberg, will impact 11 stores across Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.”
9to5 Mac: Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search, analyst argues. “One analyst has a suggestion for how Apple could put pressure on Google: acquire DuckDuckGo. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi says that an acquisition of privacy-focused DuckDuckGo would allow Apple to put pressure on Google and tap into lucrative advertising revenue.” ick.
CNN: Apple will offer coronavirus tests to employees returning to its headquarters, Bloomberg reports. “Apple employees returning to its Silicon Valley headquarters will reportedly have the option of getting tested for the coronavirus. The company started bringing back some workers to its Apple Park office in Cupertino, California, last month, offering them nasal-swab tests for the virus and requiring temperature checks and masks, according to Bloomberg News. Other precautions include closed kitchens and a two-person limit in elevators that normally accommodate 10.”
CNET: Apple to reopen more than 100 stores this week. “Apple plans to reopen more than 100 of its 271 US stores across 21 states, though many will only offer storefront or curbside service. The move is in line with plans described in an open letter penned by Apple’s head of retail earlier this month, outlining the iPhone maker’s phased reopening strategy as coronavirus lockdown ease around the world. ”
Politico: How Google and Apple outflanked governments in the race to build coronavirus apps. “In the digital fight against COVID-19, Big Tech squared off against governments — and won. As policymakers around Europe pushed to develop smartphone apps to track the spread of the coronavirus, Apple and Google flexed their muscles by laying out conditions for building the tools, which are now set to be rolled out across the bloc and beyond by early June.”
CNET: Google, Apple change coronavirus tracking tech to get ahead of privacy concerns. “As companies and governments around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic, Apple and Google are making changes to the contact tracing technology they’ve developed to help inform people when they may have been exposed to the virus.”
Business Insider: Apple just released a tool that shows how well people in your area are staying home. Take a look.. “Apple’s mobility tracker lets you specific location and see how well people are social distancing. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe have been advised by governments to stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” It seems to be that you can look up countries and specific major cities. For example, I could look up Chicago but not North Carolina.
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google team up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing. “Today, Apple and Google announced a surprising collaboration: the two will unite to bring contact tracing to their smartphones in order to fight coronavirus. And both companies are committed to doing so while respecting user privacy. In posts made by both Apple and Google, the companies declared ‘a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.'”
BetaNews: Security researcher discovers vulnerabilities in iOS and macOS that could be exploited to hack webcams. “Ryan Pickren, a former Amazon Web Services (AWS) security engineer, found a series of security flaws in Apple’s web browser, some of which could be exploited to hijack the camera of a Mac or iPhone to spy on users. The webcam hacking technique combined a total of three zero-day bugs.”
CNBC: Apple announces COVID-19 website and app in partnership with CDC and the White House. “Apple has developed a new website and app that will provide a screening tool for COVID-19 symptoms as well as up-to-date information from trusted sources about the coronavirus outbreak.”
Mashable: Apple makes video and music software free amid coronavirus pandemic. “Apple has made its professional-grade software for video editing and music making – Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X – free with a 90-day trial. Normally, Final Cut Pro X has a 30-day trial, which has now been extended to 90 days, and works even if you’re already on a 30-day trial. And Logic Pro X, which didn’t have any sort of free trial so far, now gets the 90-day trial option as well.”
Mashable: France hits Apple with a $1.23 billion anti-competitive fine. “The French Competition Authority has ordered Apple to pay a €1.1 billion ($1.23 billion) fine, for colluding with its distributors and abusing the economic dependence of its independent resellers.”
The Register: Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative souces. “Apple has proclaimed it won’t let COVID-19-related games into its app store, because it’s the responsible thing to do. Cupertino’s new guidance issued to developers late last week said ‘Communities around the world are depending on apps to be credible news sources — helping users understand the latest health innovations, find out where they can get help if needed or provide assistance to their neighbors.'”
CNET: Apple rejects coronavirus apps not from a ‘recognized institution,’ report says . “Apple is reportedly cracking down on apps related to the coronavirus outbreak, banning apps that don’t originate from a ‘recognized institution’ like governments or hospitals. The move is apparently aimed at stemming the flow of misinformation surrounding the illness.”
CNET: Big Tech companies to pay hourly workers affected by coronavirus. “Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Apple will continue to pay hourly workers who can’t do their jobs remotely even as big technology companies urge their full-time staff to work from home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.”