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NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google’s rules

NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google’s rules

Technology
PA MediaAn update to England and Wales's contact tracing app has been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made with Apple and Google.The plan had been to ask users to upload logs of venue check-ins - carried out via poster barcode scans - if they tested positive for the virus. This could be used to warn others.The update had been timed to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown rules.But the two firms had explicitly banned such a function from the start.Under the terms that all health authorities signed up to in order to use Apple and Google's privacy-centric contact-tracing tech, they had to agree not to collect any location data via the software. As a result, Apple and Google refused to make the update available for download from their app stores last week, and have instead k...
Apple renews ‘Dear…’ for a second season with Selena Gomez, Viola Davis

Apple renews ‘Dear…’ for a second season with Selena Gomez, Viola Davis

Entertainment
March 5 (UPI) -- Apple TV+ has renewed documentary series Dear... for a second season, the streaming service announced on Friday. Dear... Season 2 will premiere globally on Apple TV+ later this year with 10 new episodes. Advertisement The series, from R.J. Cutler, is inspired by Apple's Dear Apple spots. The show profiles celebrities and influencers by using letters written by those who have been changed by their work. Selena Gomez, Viola Davis, Billy Porter, Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, Vogue creative director and journalist Andre Leon Talley, Sandra Oh, renowned waterman Laird Hamilton and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be featured in Dear... Season 2. Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manual Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and Big Bird we...
Apple investigated in UK over ‘unfair’ App Store claims

Apple investigated in UK over ‘unfair’ App Store claims

Technology
EPAThe UK's Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into whether Apple's terms for app developers are anti-competitive.It follows a series of complaints, including a high-profile one from Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite.Some developers are unhappy that they are forced to distribute apps to iPhones and iPads via the App Store, and the commission Apple takes.Apple said its terms were "fair and equal".The investigation will consider whether Apple has a dominant position in the distribution of apps on its devices and look at whether it imposes unfair terms on developers.Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA said: "Millions of us use apps every day to check the weather, play a game or order a takeaway. So complaints that Apple is using its market position to ...
Apple ‘working on $3,000 VR headset with two 8K displays’

Apple ‘working on $3,000 VR headset with two 8K displays’

Technology
Apple is rumoured to be working on a VR headset filled with cameras and features that could set consumers back $ 3,000 (£2,191) a unit. The gadget could launch in 2022 sporting a dozen tracking cameras and a LiDAR system to augment the headset's VR and AR (augmented reality) capabilities. According to a drawing from The Information, which first reported on the mixed-reality headset, the device looks more similar to goggles than headsets such as the Oculus Rift or Google Glass. Image: Augmented reality features are already available for iPhone and iPad Apple employees who spoke to The Information described the device as offering mixed-reality experiences - a VR headset but with augmented reality features, such as with the popular Pokem
Apple figures out how Face ID can work even if you’re wearing a mask

Apple figures out how Face ID can work even if you’re wearing a mask

Technology
The newest update to Apple's iOS includes a feature allowing mask wearers to unlock their phones, despite the barrier the masks pose to Face ID.Face ID allows iPhone users to unlock their device simply by holding it up to their faces - but the COVID-19 pandemic has meant people's faces are obscured most of the day. Many iPhone users are finding this means they need to laboriously enter their passcodes every time they want to use their phone, potentially hundreds of times a day. Image: The workaround only works for people wearing an Apple Watch. Pic: Apple Fortunately, Apple is now trialling a workaround in the beta testing of iOS 14.5 which began rolling out to developers on Monday, as spotted by gadget reviews site Pocket Lint.Unfort...