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Apple TV Plus had several shows mentioned at the top of Apple’s Sept. 17 event.
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The newest 10.2-inch iPad features the A13 Bionic chip.
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Apple included this quick list of changes to this year’s new iPad.
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The new iPad starts at $329.
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The new iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch screen.
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The iPad Mini supports the same Apple Pencil as does the current iPad Air and iPad Pro.
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The iPad Mini is available in several colors.
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The iPad Mini also sports a USB-C port and compatibility with many USB-C accessories.
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Check out the iPad Mini features list.
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Touch ID is included ini the power button of the iPad Mini.
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Apple Watch Series 7 will maintain compatibility with existing wristbands.
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This model will be a more worry-free wearable from the looks of it’s “dust resistant” feature.
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The screen’s larger size comes from slimming down the size of the borders.
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Here you can see a comparison of the Series 7 (right) with its predecessor. The thinner bevel allows a nice large viewing area on the screen.
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Apple Fitness Plus is receiving updates to its service.
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The service will be adding classes in Pilates and meditation.
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The service’s Time to Walk audio series is continuing on the Apple Watch.
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Pilates classes will now be available on the platform.
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Guided meditation classes will also be available.
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Ever wanted to do a Zoom call with a friend whilst both exercising? Group Workouts may be just the thing you need.
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A screen in screen feature allows you to chat with a buddy while you share a workout together.
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Finally, we get down to the business of iPhone announcements.
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The iPhone 13 reveals a tweaked design from last year’s iPhone 12.
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The iPhone 13 will be available in five colors.
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The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini each sport a slimmer notch.
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Cinematic mode offers a method of simulating professional “rack focus” techniques from cinematography.
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It switches focus precisely and smoothly from someone in the foreground to something in the background.
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The iPhone 13 line continues to support the new MagSafe line of accessories.
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The MagSafe Wallet now supports Find My, allowing you a better chance of finding it should it become lost.
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The wallet acts much like an AirTag — it’s able to be discoverable using the Find My network. This means if you lost it, the map will show you the last time the wallet was in proximity to any Apple device that is part of that network.
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Check out the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini pricing.
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And just like with the 12 line, the iPhone 13 will also have Pro and Pro Max models.
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iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be available in four colors.
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Here’s a sample Macro mode shot from the new Pro.
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… and another impressive sample!
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Here’s the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max pricing.
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And last, an update on the existing iPhone models Apple is selling going forward. The iPhone XR, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are being discontinued.
Facebook to pay up to $14.25 million to settle U.S. employment discrimination claims
Facebook Inc has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle civil claims by the U.S. government that the social media company discriminated against American workers and violated federal recruitment rules, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
The two related settlements were announced by the Justice Department and Labor Department and confirmed by Facebook. The Justice Department last December filed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of giving hiring preferences to temporary workers including those who hold H-1B visas that let companies temporarily employ foreign workers in certain specialty occupations. Such visas are widely used by tech companies.
Kristen Clarke, assistant U.S. attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, called the agreement with Facebook historic.
“It represents by far the largest civil penalty the Civil Rights Division has ever recovered in the 35-year history of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s anti-discrimination provision,” Clarke said in a call with reporters, referring to a key U.S. immigration law that bars discrimination against workers because of their citizenship or immigration status.
The case centered on Facebook’s use of the so-called permanent labor certification, called the PERM program.
The U.S. government said that Facebook refused to recruit or hire American workers for jobs that had been reserved for temporary visa holders under the PERM program. It also accused Facebook of “potential regulatory recruitment violations.”
Facebook will pay a civil penalty under the settlement of $4.75 million, plus up to $9.5 million to eligible victims of what the government called discriminatory hiring practices.
“While we strongly believe we met the federal government’s standards in our permanent labor certification (PERM) practices, we’ve reached agreements to end the ongoing litigation and move forward with our PERM program,” a Facebook spokesperson said, adding that the company intends to “continue our focus on hiring the best builders from both the U.S. and around the world.”
The settlements come at a time when Facebook is facing increasing U.S. government scrutiny over other business practices.
Facebook this month faced anger from U.S. lawmakers after former company employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen accused it of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety. Haugen has turned over thousands of documents to congressional investigators amid concerns that Facebook has harmed children’s mental health and has stoked societal divisions.
The company has denied any wrongdoing.
In Tuesday’s settlements, the Justice Department said that Facebook used recruitment practices designed to deter U.S. workers such as requiring applications to be submitted only by mail, refusing to consider American workers who applied for positions and hiring only temporary visa holders.
The Labor Department this year conducted audits of Facebook’s pending PERM applications and uncovered other concerns about the company’s recruitment efforts.
“ Facebook is not above the law,” U.S. Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda told reporters, adding that the Labor Department is “committed to ensuring that the PERM process is not misused by employers – regardless of their size and reach.”
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Will Dunham)
U.S. FCC commissioner wants new restrictions review for Chinese dronemaker DJI
A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday said he wants the U.S. telecommunications regulator to begin the process of imposing new restrictions on Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said the agency should takes steps toward adding DJI, the world’s largest dronemaker, to the so-called “Covered List” that would prohibit U.S. Universal Service Fund money from being used to purchase its equipment.
DJI, which accounts for more than 50% of U.S. drone sales, said its “drones are safe and secure for critical and sensitive operations… Our customers know that DJI drones remain the most capable and most affordable products for a wide variety of uses, including sensitive industrial and government work.”
In March, the FCC designated five Chinese companies as posing a threat to national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting U.S. communications networks.
The FCC named Huawei Technologies Co, ZTE Corp, Hytera Communications Corp <002583.SZ), Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.
Carr noted that the FCC has a separate ongoing effort to decide whether to continue approving equipment from entities on the Covered List for use in the United States.
“ DJI drones and the surveillance technology on board these systems are collecting vast amounts of sensitive data-everything from high-resolution images of critical infrastructure to facial recognition technology and remote sensors that can measure an individual’s body temperature and heart rate,” Carr said in a statement. “We do not need an airborne version of Huawei.”
He said the FCC in consultation with national security agencies “should also consider whether there are additional entities that warrant closer scrutiny.”
In December, DJI was added by the U.S. Commerce Department to the U.S. government’s economic blacklist.
In January 2020, the U.S. Interior Department said it was grounding its fleet of about 800 Chinese-made drones, and earlier halted additional Interior Department purchases of such drones.
In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned U.S. firms of the risks to company data from Chinese-made drones.
(Reporting by David ShepardsonEditing by Bill Berkrot, William Maclean)
Google announces Pixel 6 phone with new chip, subscription service
Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday announced the newest iteration of its smartphone – Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – which will be powered by the company’s first chip called Tensor.
The tech giant also launched Pixel Pass, a subscription service starting at $45 per month for U.S. customers that will include the Pixel 6 and access to the premium versions of YouTube and YouTube Music.
Pricing for the Pixel 6 will start at $599, while the Pixel 6 Pro, which includes a telephoto lens and upgraded front camera, starts at $899.
The phones will go on sale at U.S. wireless carriers on Oct. 28.
(Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Richard Chang)
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