Search Results for: contact tracing

June 15

Comment: An unexpected test of the UK contact tracing app reveals the limited value

The path to getting a UK contact tracing app was a rather tortuous one. The country initially decided to ignore the joint Apple/Google API and develop its own app. Having wasted literally millions of pounds doing so, it then reversed course and decided to build the COVID-19 API into an NHS app. Unfortunately, my experience […]

May 14

Peer review backs claim that NHS contact tracing app saved thousands of lives

British researchers suggested back in February that the NHS contact tracing app saved thousands of lives in England and Wales. Some were skeptical, noting that the claim was based on extrapolation rather than hard evidence, but peer review has now backed the claim. As we noted last time, the privacy protections built into the coronavirus […]

June 4

Chip shortage will worsen without vaccines, says Taiwanese Apple supplier

A Taiwanese Apple supplier has warned that the global chip shortage will worsen without a massive increase in COVID-19 vaccinations on the island. The comment was made as the world’s leading chip testing company was forced to suspend production following a COVID-19 outbreak …


COVID-19 vaccines for Taiwan to be bought by Apple suppliers TSMC and Foxconn

Apple suppliers TSMC and Foxconn are working on buying millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Taiwan. The plan is for the two companies to buy the vaccines, then donate them to the government for distribution to the people of the island nation. The indirect arrangement, where the government authorizes private companies to buy vaccines […]

May 24

Apple helping TSMC get vaccines following chip shortage warning – report

Apple is helping A-series and M1 chipmaker TSMC get COVID-19 vaccines for its employees after an appeal for help from the Taiwanese government, according to a new report today. Taiwan had long had an excellent record at keeping the pandemic under control on the island – with zero cases for eight months straight – but […]

June 13

SEObase is a straightforward way to track website keyword rankings on a budget

Search engine optimization can be a challenging thing to tackle, and if you’ve spent more than a few minutes reading up on best practices, you know there are countless different ways to go about it. SEObase is a web SEO service that lets you easily track all the most important keywords so you can manage […]

June 9

Mail Privacy Protection could badly hurt small publishers of email newsletters

One of the new privacy features included in iCloud+ is what Apple calls Mail Privacy Protection. While that’s designed to protect Apple Mail users from overly intrusive marketeers, some are worried that it could badly hurt small publishers of email newsletters. That’s because it will deny them access to a key metric used to sell […]

Apple details how Spatial Audio works on Apple TV with tvOS 15

Although it didn’t get the same attention as iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, tvOS 15 was also announced at WWDC 2021 with some new features for Apple TV users, including support for Spatial Audio with compatible AirPods for the first time. At first, the details were unclear, but now the company has finally explained how […]

June 7

Craig Federighi details iCloud Private Relay and iOS 15 privacy features in new interview

At the WWDC21 keynote, Apple unveiled the next steps on privacy on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey. In a new interview, Apple’s VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, detailed the iCloud Private Relay feature and more.

May 24

Instagram for iOS now shows Live videos and Reels statistics

Instagram started to roll out new insight data for live videos and Reels on the platform. With this feature, creators will be able to better understand their performances online.

June 9

Apple sets Apple Watch Activity Challenge for International Day of Yoga later this month

Apple has set its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for International Day of Yoga, which takes place in two weeks on June 21. This challenge requires users to complete a yoga workout of at least 20 minutes to unlock stickers that can be used in the Messages app, FaceTime, and more.

June 2

HBO Max debuts ad-supported $9.99/month tier, no theatrical releases, downloads, or 4K

After teasing it for a few months, HBO Max has just debuted its more affordable, ad-supported streaming tier that costs $9.99 per month.

May 31

PSA: If you have Amazon devices, you may want to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk

If you own any one of a number of Amazon devices, and are in the US, you have just over a week to opt out of a feature the company calls Amazon Sidewalk, to avoid potential security and privacy issues …

May 28

Bloomberg: Apple ‘readying’ new third-gen AirPods, fitness-tracking AirPods Pro in 2022

Apple is said to be close to launching new third-generation AirPods according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, after several months of leaks and rumors about the product. The new buds, rendered above, will feature shorter stems and look similar to current-generation AirPods Pro. Bloomberg also reports that redesigned AirPods Pro will arrive next […]

May 14

Twitter for iOS begins prompting users to enable App Tracking option

Following the release of iOS 14.5 to the public last month, multiple apps began asking users to enable the App Tracking option. With the latest version of the Twitter app for iOS, users are now being asked to enable tracking in order to receive “relevant ads.”

June 14

Here’s how Beats Studio Buds compare against AirPods and AirPods Pro

The newest Beats in-ear headphones have officially arrived and they come with a compelling set of features priced $100 below AirPods Pro. But even though they come with active noise cancellation, transparency mode, Hey Siri support, and more, there are some tradeoffs. Let’s look at the Beats Studio Buds vs. AirPods and AirPods Pro to […]

May 6

AirTag stalking ‘frighteningly easy’; multiple problems identified

A new report today says that AirTag stalking is “frighteningly easy” thanks to a number of weaknesses in Apple’s privacy protections. It reveals several ways that an abusive partner could circumvent the measures Apple takes to alert stalking victims …

June 1

Apple stops signing iOS 14.5.1, blocking downgrades from iOS 14.6

Apple today stopped signing iOS 14.5.1, an update that was released in early May with important security fixes. That means users who have updated their devices to iOS 14.6 or iOS 14.7 beta can no longer downgrade to iOS 14.5.1.

June 16

Apple execs talk Apple Watch, AirPods health and fitness monitoring, more in new interviews

Following WWDC 2021 wrapping up last week, Apple executives are continuing to appear in podcasts and YouTube videos to discuss the company’s latest announcements. In a new video posted today, YouTuber Rene Ritchie sits down with Apple’s Kevin Lynch and Deidre Caldbeck to talk Apple Watch, Health, and more.

June 7

WWDC 2021 News Hub and Live Blog: iOS 15, watchOS 8, and more

9to5Mac’s WWDC coverage is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Get a special deal on the essential decluttering app for Mac. Today officially marks the beginning of Apple’s week-long Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, WWDC 2021 is being held as a completely virtual event. During the event, we expect the introduction of iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS […]

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