Here’s your daily BC COVID update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 19, 2020.
Facebook introduced its support for paid online events a while ago, and in true spirits to support the small businesses that were afflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook had announced that they could pay through Facebook Pay, and receive all the earnings from their events. Of course, the tax money will go to Facebook, but the overall earnings are supposed to go in the pockets of these small businesses. So, Facebook had requested Apple to waive off its 30% cut on in-app purchases on the App Store and give these recovering businesses a benefit, but Apple had dismissed the request at that time.
Now, however, Facebook has made another announcement that tells about the reversal of Apple’s decision. As per Facebook, online event fees will be processed through Facebook Pay and all the money earned through these events will directly go to the small businesses, minus taxes, as it was decided before. But now Apple has also decided that it will not receive its 30% cut until 31st December 2020, but this new rule still does not apply to game creators.
Although Facebook sounds as if it is the victor here, and even their announcement sounded much like a thinly veiled criticism on Apple. Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesperson said that Apple has agreed to provide a brief respite for three months after which the struggling businesses will have to start paying Apple the full 30% App Store tax.
When the reason for exempting gaming creators from the new rule was asked, Vivek Sharma, the Vice President of Facebook Gaming said that Facebook had to get this much respite and concession, albeit temporary, with great difficulty.
It seems that he meant to say that Apple was not conceding at all to Facebook’s wishes and even this reprieve could be achieved because Facebook had to openly pressurize Apple to do so.
These jibes do not sound so decent. Although Facebook is trying to do something good, it is also going to receive a lot of attention too. After the closure of the Microsoft Mixer streaming service, and its partnering with Facebook Gaming, Facebook needs all the attention towards its streaming service now. Bringing down Apple is something that does not make much sense because Apple is a separate entity that is responsible for its own decisions and company rules.
Facebook went to such an extent to pressurize Apple that they even submitted an iOS app update stating that Apple takes 30% of this purchase in the payments section. Later, as per Facebook, Apple rejected the update because of the irrelevant information it had for the users.
About this whole scenario, Apple also had few words to exchange. It said that the App Store provides great business opportunities to different developers across 175 countries, and Apple has a fixed set of rules to provide a safe platform where these developers and businesses can grow and be successful. Now, Apple is giving a small respite to some businesses, and giving Facebook a chance to get these businesses into compliance with Apple’s rules and get them to agree to pay 30% of the cut to the App Store after the three months are over.
New Photos Offer Better Look at iPhone 12 Color Options – MacRumors
As we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available.
Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other colors are new.
DuanRui also posted images of the iPhone 12 Pro in graphite and pacific blue, a deep blue color that’s new to the Pro iPhone lineup. Pacific blue replaces the midnight green color that was introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro lineup. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also come in silver and gold.
DuanRui previously provided an early unboxing video of iPhone 12 models, providing a closer look at the shiny new flat-edge design.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders began last Friday, and shipments will begin arriving to customers this coming Friday. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order starting Friday, November 6. Let us know what you think of the colors in the comments below.
COVID-19 update for Oct. 19: 499 new cases, two additional deaths – Standard Freeholder
Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 19, 2020.
We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.
Check back here for more updates throughout the day.
B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Oct. 19:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 11,687 (1,639 active)
• New cases since Oct. 16: 499
• Hospitalized cases: 67
• Intensive care: 19
• COVID-19 related deaths: 253
• Cases under public health monitoring: 4,028
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 19
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LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, says the province recorded 499 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and two additional deaths from the respiratory disease.
“We are in the second wave of the COVID-19 storm in B.C. but we have control of what that wave looks like,” said Henry. “There continues to be COVID-19 transmission in many parts of our province and we know that this is expected. This virus has not gone away.”
Henry said she is encourage that B.C. is not seeing exponential growth, but, rather continued and ongoing growth.
“We do have more people in the hospital than we did a few weeks ago, but that has also stabilized,” she said. “We need, however, to make sure that we are doing what we can to avoid a steep and sudden increase in new cases that we have seen in other parts of Canada, in our neighbouring countries and around the world.”
12:45 p.m. – COVID-19 cases in Canada surpass 200,000
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has passed 200,000.
The latest case numbers from Saskatchewan lifted the national tally over the bleak milestone.
The development comes just over four months after Canada reached the 100,000-case threshold.
The bulk of the country’s case load has been concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, though numbers have been surging in much of the country in recent weeks as Canada deals with a second wave of the global pandemic.
The Canadian Press
10:20 a.m. – More B.C. flight exposures added
A number of flights either departing from or arriving in B.C. have been added to a COVID-19 exposure list.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added a number of new flights to its exposure watchlist over the weekend including both domestic and international flights.
Loblaws Canada is reporting a possible COVID-19 exposure threat at a No Frills grocery store in Langley.
The company says a staff member at Michael’s No Frills, at 204th Street, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The staff member last worked at the store on Oct. 12.
Loblaws says all safety precautions have been followed and the store has reopened following a deep clean.
As B.C.’s world-class ski resorts brace of a winter without international tourists due to closed borders, many are betting that locals eager to get onto the slopes will help make up for the lost revenues for the resorts.
Canada closed its borders since March to all but immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“We are desperately trying to make that up with domestic booking,” said Michael Ballingall, senior vice president of Big White Ski Resort, located around 450 km (280 miles) east of Vancouver. The resort plans to roll out flight deals and discounts on long-term stays to attract Canadians.
Although international visitors represent just 21% of reservations, they contribute 32% of revenue, Ballingall said, underscoring how the different spending patterns of domestic visitors won’t necessarily bridge the budget gap – Canadians take fewer lessons, buy little or no equipment and eat out less frequently.
Meanwhile, Tourism Whistler declined to say how much accommodation bookings dropped this year, but said that in a normal year 60% of Whistler’s visitors were international.
The Bank of Canada says companies are hedging hiring plans and wage growth expectations in the coming months over heightened uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The central bank’s business outlook survey finds hiring intentions remain below their historical averages, suggesting modest hiring plans even as the overall outlook on employment edges up.
Almost one-third of businesses told the bank they expect their workforce numbers to remain below pre-pandemic levels for at least the next 12 months, or to never fully recover.
The survey also finds that wage growth is widely expected to slow over the next year, mostly a result of the pandemic and ongoing uncertainty, with some firms reporting a wage freeze.
The bank also says that nearly half of firms surveyed used the federal wage subsidy program to avoid layoffs or quickly refill positions.
About 100 firms took part in the bank’s regular survey out this morning, but did so between late August and mid-September when COVID-19 case counts were still low.
The Canadian Press
School exposures to COVID-19 piled up in B.C. over the weekend, with additional outbreaks reported at a Surrey meat processing plant and care homes in Surrey and Langley.
On Sunday, the principal of Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver told parents that there had been another exposure at the school — within the attached North Shore Child Care Centre — and that the centre would close for two weeks, effective Monday.
Health Canada is asking British Columbians to download its COVID Alert app, despite the provincial government not yet agreeing to support the technology.
Health Canada told Postmedia News that the app could still be of use, despite it not being adopted in B.C.
“The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks,” said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette.
“At all levels of uptake, COVID Alert can help reduce transmission. The more people who use the app the more effective it will be.”
LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press
Apple's Chinese users are mainly snapping up iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, new data shows – CNBC
GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese consumers have taken a liking to Apple’s new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, according to data provided to CNBC.
The two devices in Apple’s new 5G flagship lineup became available for pre-order on Oct. 16. As of 9:30 a.m. China time on Tuesday, 152,737 iPhone 12 units had been pre-ordered, data from Chinese e-commerce site and authorized Apple reseller Fenqile showed.
Fenqile is also taking pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, even though they’re not officially available until November.
Out of all the pre-ordered iPhones, nearly 43% are iPhone 12 models and over 28% are iPhone 12 Pro models. Just under 19% are iPhone 12 Pro Max orders and nearly 10% are orders for the iPhone 12 Mini, the device with the smallest screen in the lineup.
The Fenqile data comes after a new note from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, known for his accurate predictions on Apple products and sales.
Kuo reported that Apple sold up to 2 million iPhone 12 units in the first 24 hours, up from 800,000 units of the iPhone 11. He also said that iPhone 12 Pro sold better than expected and that China represented 35% to 45% of that model’s demand.
Indeed, on Apple’s official China website, the iPhone 12 Pro had a delivery time of three to four weeks, higher than the two to three weeks for the base iPhone 12 models. Delivery times for devices can often indicate which models are most popular.
Kuo also predicted that the iPhone 12 Mini wouldn’t sell well in China due to its smaller screen, in a market where larger displays are more popular. On Fenqile, the iPhone 12 Mini has the least amount of pre-orders.
The latest figures will be encouraging for Apple given the importance of the Chinese market to the company but also the high expectations that the iPhone 12 range will spur an upgrade “supercycle.”
Apple’s iPhone 12 64GB in blue makes up 20% of pre-orders on Fenqile with the iPhone 12 Pro 128GB Pacific Blue variant making up 11%. These are the two most popular models.
The Cupertino, California giant has been quite aggressive on pricing. The iPhone 12 Pro is cheaper than last year’s iPhone 11 starting price upon release in China.
“Consumers are looking for the best deal now, even before the pandemic. And both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models could provide them favorable prices and screen size experience,” Will Wong, research manager at IDC, told CNBC.
“The iPhone 12 allows consumers to get the first 5G iPhone with more acceptable prices and specs, while iPhone 12 Pro could provide the ‘Pro’ experience to consumers with more affordable prices too.”
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