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Companies based totally in Santa Clara County, California — which includes Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose — will have to steer clear of trip and delay or cancel mass gatherings, the county really useful on Thursday. The recommendations come after six new instances of the unconventional coronavirus were identified within the space, bringing the full number of other people confirmed in the community to have the disease to twenty. The county’s steering affects several prime Silicon Valley employers. Apple, for instance, is based in Cupertino; Google in

Sponsored Links Apple’s original iPad went on sale 10 years ago today, which means that it’s been 10 years since people finally started taking tablets seriously. Hyperbole? Not really.  The idea of a tablet computer had been kicked around for years, fueled in large part by science fiction (Star Trek’s PADD immediately springs to mind) and ever-shrinking components. A handful of companies gambled on the concept, too, and Microsoft’s late-’90s attempt was easily the most ambitious of the bunch. It languished, as did all the others, for similar reasons. They

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when the laptops’ lids are closed. The documentation of the latest iPad Pro models (as spotted by 9to5Mac) shows that the company’s new tablets sport a similar capability. When a user closes the cover of a compatible case, the iPad’s security chip will cut the mic, which should help

Companies the world over are scrambling to figure out how to deal with coronavirus and its associated impacts, and Apple is no exception. According to one insider, the company still plans to launch the iPhone SE 2 (rumored to be called the iPhone 9) in upcoming weeks, but that the iPhone 12 debut will be delayed. Analyst Jon Prosser has published a series of tweets in which he predicts that the iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9 has entered production, that there will be a 5.5-inch version(!) of the phone, and that

You wouldn’t expect people to be passionate about a weather app, but Dark Sky’s user base certainly qualifies. This “hyperlocal” weather client originated on iOS, but launched on Android in 2016. Now, it’s going back to an iOS exclusive following an unexpected Apple acquisition. If you’ve been enjoying the app, it’s probably time to check out alternatives.  Dark Sky was a popular app on iOS, but it emerged at a time when the business model for weather apps was changing. These services aren’t cheap to run, and many apps that

The App Store has no room for coronavirus apps.  So reports CNBC, which notes that Apple is rejecting apps related to the virus unless they were “submitted by a recognized institution.” What qualifies as a recognized institution isn’t exactly clear, but we imagine groups like the World Health Organization would be in the clear. The App Store developer guidelines make no mention of recognized institutions, either.  We reached out to Apple to confirm the report, but received no immediate response. The move by the tech giant appears to be aimed

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