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Apple and Google phones to reveal if you’ve been near someone who has coronavirus

Apple and Google phones to reveal if you’ve been near someone who has coronavirus

Business
Apple and Google have announced they are working together to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.In a rare collaboration, the two companies - whose operating systems power 99% of the world's smartphones - plan to add new software to devices to make it easier to track down people who may have been infected with COVID-19. To be effective, the system would require millions of people to opt into the system and trust the technology giants' safeguards. Image: Google and Apple's operating systems power 99% of the world's smartphones Under the plan, smartphones with the contact tracing technology will emit unique Bluetooth signals. Phones within about 6ft can then record anonymous information about the...
Coronavirus: Apple and Google team up to contact trace Covid-19

Coronavirus: Apple and Google team up to contact trace Covid-19

Technology
Apple and Google are jointly developing technology to alert people if they have recently come into contact with others found to be infected with coronavirus.They hope to initially help third-party contact-tracing apps run efficiently.But ultimately, they aim to do away with the need to download dedicated apps, to encourage the practice.The two companies believe their approach - designed to keep users, whose participation would be voluntary, anonymous - addresses privacy concerns.Their contact-tracing method would work by using a smartphone's Bluetooth signals to determine to whom the owner had recently been in proximity for long enough to have established contagion a risk.If one of those people later tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, a warning would...
Amazon Prime allows in-app purchases for Apple users

Amazon Prime allows in-app purchases for Apple users

Technology
Amazon has begun allowing iPhone and Apple TV users to make in-app purchases and rent movies and shows from Amazon Prime. The move is a reversal for Amazon which had forced Prime users to leave the app and go to Amazon's website via a browser to make purchases. It is also a change for Apple which will allow Amazon to use its own payment system. The changes apply to Amazon Prime users in the US, UK and Germany. People using iPhones, iPads and iPod touches as well as Apple TVs began to see the changes on Wednesday. A message from Amazon alerted users to the new feature when they opened the app. "Browse, rent, or buy new release movies, popular TV shows, and more - now within the app," it read.Prior to the change users of iOS or tvOS could only watch shows o...
Apple agrees to pay $500m over claims it slowed down old iPhones

Apple agrees to pay $500m over claims it slowed down old iPhones

Technology
Apple has agreed to pay up to $ 500m (£391m) to settle a lawsuit accusing the tech giant of intentionally slowing down older iPhone models.Phone owners could get up to $ 25 (£19.56) per handset if a California judge approves the settlement. The smartphone maker and lawyers representing consumers agreed to a deal stemming from Apple's admission in 2017 that it was slowing down the performance of older devices in order to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.The admission saw Apple offering discounted battery replacements at $ 29 (£22.69).But customers claimed they had already spent hundreds of dollars on replacing their handsets because Apple did not reveal why their phones were slowing down.
Apple ‘won’t let bad guys use iPhones on screen’

Apple ‘won’t let bad guys use iPhones on screen’

Technology
Tech giant Apple is so strict about the use of their products they won't let villains use them on screen, the Star Wars director has said.Product placement has been part of the American viewing experience for many years, and has been allowed in the UK since 2011. Image: At least one key character in Knives Out uses an iPhone in the film. Pic: Lionsgate Speaking about his latest film Knives Out in a Vanity Fair interview, director Rian Johnson said: "Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but - and this is very pivotal - if you're ever watching a mystery movie, bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera."The Star Wars: The Last Jedi filmmaker admitted that can end up being a bit of a spoiler for a mystery or whodunit, like Knives Out...