Google Photos has announced that it’s ending its unlimited free storage policy for photos and videos starting June 1st, 2021.
The tech giant is going to start charging for storage once more than 15GB on your account has been used. Photos and videos uploaded before June 1st won’t count against the 15GB cap.
“This change does not take effect for another six months, so you don’t need to do anything right now,” Google wrote in a blog post. “And once this change does take effect on June 1, 2021, over 80 percent of you should still be able to store roughly three more years worth of memories with your free 15GB of storage.”
Google says that as your storage nears 15GB, it will notify you in the app and follow-up by email. You can also understand how this change impacts you by getting a personalized estimate to see how long your storage may last.
Further, Google notes that “if you have a Pixel 1-5, photos uploaded from that device won’t be impacted. Photos and videos uploaded in High quality from that device will continue to be exempt from this change, even after June 1, 2021.”
In June 2021, users will get access to a new tool in the Photos app to manage their backed up photos and videos. The tool is meant to help users review the memories they want to keep and also see content they might want to delete, such as dark or blurry photos and long videos.
If you require more storage, you’ll have to get a Google One subscription, which starts at $2.79 per month for 100GB in Canada.
Apple extends concession on store fees for some apps – Kitco NEWS
(Reuters) – Apple Inc AAPL.O> said here on Monday apps that offer virtual sessions or classes do not need to use App Store’s in-app purchase method through June, extending an earlier deadline of December.
Apple charges a commission of between 15%-30% for apps that use its in-app payment system.
Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila
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Apple said on Monday that companies that offer digital classes or virtual events through iPhone apps won’t have to use Apple’s App Store in-app purchases through June 2021, enabling them to charge their customers directly without Apple’s 30% commission fee.
The extension will help businesses by giving them more time to hold paid digital events rather than in-person events during the Covid-19 pandemic, without the additional fee.
“Although apps are required to offer any paid online group event experiences (one-to-few and one-to-many realtime experiences) through in-app purchase in accordance with App Store Review guideline 3.1.1, we temporarily deferred this requirement with an original deadline of December 2020,” Apple wrote on its developer blog. “To allow additional time for developing in-app purchase solutions, this deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021.”
An Apple spokesperson did not have a comment beyond Monday’s announcement.
The move is the latest olive branch from Apple to critics of the App Store, which say the iPhone giant’s control over the platform and fees are anticompetitive. Apple also announced earlier this month that it planned to reduce its commission to 15% for app developers making under $1 million on Apple’s platforms in 2021.
Apple originally waived the in-app purchase requirement for group classes and events in September, after Facebook introduced a paid events feature and tried to include copy inside its apps warning that a cut of transactions for paid events would go to Apple. But at the time, Apple only suspended its fees through December. Monday’s announcement extended it for six more months.
Apple requires iPhone apps to use Apple’s App Store payment processing, which takes 30% of total payments and has been an antitrust focus of policymakers around the world. However, in-person goods, such as ordering a ride through Uber or buying something from an online retailer, are not required to use App Store payments.
In September, Apple clarified that one-to-one person classes through an iPhone app could be billed directly, but any virtual classes where an instructor or group works with multiple people were required to use App Store payments.
The New York Times reported in July that some app makers, such as Airbnb and ClassPass, were switching business models to include more digital classes as in-person experiences were negatively affected by the pandemic, and Apple had asked them to use in-app purchases which entitled them to 30% of the sale.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the company’s policies around virtual classes and events at a congressional hearing in July by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler.
“The pandemic is a tragedy, and it’s hurting Americans and many people from all around the world, and we would never take advantage of that,” Cook said. “I believe the cases that you’re talking about are cases where something has moved to a digital service, which technically does need to go through our commission model.”
15 new COVID-19 cases in Huron Perth – BlackburnNews.com
15 new COVID-19 cases in Huron Perth
November 23, 2020 3:11pm
Another 15 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Huron and Perth Counties over the weekend. There are two new cases in Howick Township, six in North Perth, three in Stratford and four in Perth East. When it comes to the 40 active cases, one is in Howick, eight in North Perth, 14 in Perth East, and 17 in Stratford.
Huron Perth Public health reported Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence continues to be in outbreak, and two more residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away since Friday. Eleven residents who had the virus have died. There are thirteen active cases among residents, and 19 residents have recovered. All 19 staff members who had COVID-19 have recovered.
There are no active long-term care home outbreaks and no active school outbreaks
Huron Peth Public health is clarifying why the region is now at the Orange-Restrict level of public health measures. Some of the factors include rates of cases and hospital capacity locally and in neighbouring regions.
It also looks at the rates of cases without a known chain of transmission, which suggests community transmission. And the ability to keep up with contact and case management.
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