January 17, 2021

Networking

A jet branded with Amazon’s Prime Air logo being loaded with cargo (Getty)

Amazon has confirmed the purchase of 11 previously used Boeing 767 jets as it continues to expand its worldwide delivery empire.

This is the first time Amazon has actually bought planes – all the others in its fleet are leased.

Seven of the planes came from Delta while the other four came from Canada’s WestJet. Apparently, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prices for passenger jets have fallen and Amazon decided to scoop a few up.

By the end of 2022, the company says it plans to have 85 planes carrying deliveries across the US and around the world.

‘Our goal is to continue delivering for customers across the U.S. in the way that they expect from Amazon, and purchasing our own aircraft is a natural next step toward that goal,’ said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air.

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Notes are just as easy to create and update when you need them as they are to trash when you’re done!

When you need to quickly jot something down on your phone, the Notes app is the best app for the job since it’s already built into the best iPhone or best iPad already. With Notes, you can write down thoughts, draft out memos, or store any other bit of text or even images and sketches for however long you want. And if you use iCloud, everything is synced in the background and accessible on all of your Apple devices (as long as you’re logged in to that same account). Here’s how to create notes on iPhone and iPad, as well as how to edit, move, delete, and recover your Notes.

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  • Google will soon update its iPhone apps with the new privacy labels that tell users how much personal data an application can collect.
  • The new privacy feature caused quite a stir recently. Facebook vehemently opposes Apple’s privacy initiative that informs users about what kind of user data is collected and how app users are tracked.
  • A story earlier this week said Google might have delayed updates to its iOS apps to postpone adding privacy labels to its apps. Like Facebook, Google collects a large amount of user data for advertising purposes.

Apple’s app privacy label is a brand new iOS feature that users will find on the iPhone and iPad. They’re like nutrition labels on food packaging, but they tell you what sort of personal data an app can collect, offering you more insight into how you’re being tracked. To access the feature, you’ll have to go to the App … Read the rest

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The explosive growth of artificial intelligence has fostered hope that it will help us solve many of the world’s most intractable problems. However, there’s also much concern about the power of AI, and growing agreement that its use should be guided to avoid infringing upon our rights.

Many groups have discussed and proposed ethical guidelines for how AI should be developed or deployed: IEEE, a global professional organization for engineers, has issued a 280-page document on the subject (to which I contributed), and the European Union has published its own framework. The AI Ethics Guidelines Global Inventory has compiled more than 160 such guidelines from around the world.

Unfortunately, most of these guidelines are developed by groups or organizations concentrated in North America and Europe: a survey published by social scientist Anna Jobin and her colleagues found 21 in the US, 19 in the EU, 13 in the UK, four … Read the rest

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How easy it will be for the rich to cut in line for the vaccine will depend on how exactly the line is constructed. | Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

We asked experts what could go wrong.

Could the rich and famous of Silicon Valley be vaccinated before it is their turn?

That thought bothers everyone from California’s governor to the doctors across the state who make a mint treating these millionaires and billionaires. And it might not be such a hypothetical, say a dozen medical veterans and other close observers of the process, who worry about everything from highly paid physicians contorting their moral compasses to the rich cashing in on their political and personal connections.

The wrath of the coronavirus has not been felt equally across America. Black and low-income Americans have been ravaged by its health and economic destruction, while the wealthy and well-connected have decamped to Read the rest

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The scam message tries to get victims to click on a link and hand over their financial details

As the UK enters its third lockdown, many businesses are rightly concerned about their futures.

Although Rishi Sunak has outlined a £4.6 billion package to help businesses, there are still scammers attempting to take advantage of the situation.

The Chanceller has announced one-off top up grants of up to £9,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure venues.

But scam texts have started circulating that aim to dupe people confused over the guidance. It asks people to hand over their card details in order to claim a non-existent grant of £240.

The message claims to be from HMRC but contains a number of grammatical and spelling errors.

One such message reads: ‘From HMRC: The third lockdown has been announced, we have been issued a grant off £240 to help during this period, visit … Read the rest

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Thanks to Migration Assistant, moving your old Mac’s data to your new Mac is as simple as can be.

Migration Assistant makes it super easy to move data from your old Mac to your new one, either directly or from a Time Machine backup. You can also connect two Macs with Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt, FireWire, or Ethernet. Migrating your old data to your new computer will make it possible for you to start working on your brand new Mac without missing a beat.

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If you haven’t yet purchased a new Mac, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our best MacBooks and best Mac desktops of the year.

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If you are new to Mac, you can also migrate your old PC

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  • Facebook mounted a fierce attack on Apple’s new app privacy labels, accusing the company that it’s putting small businesses and the free internet in danger.
  • The new privacy feature informs users about the kind of personal data apps collect, but doesn’t stop developers like Facebook from collecting data and tracking users.
  • A single image shows the huge amount of personal data that Facebook Messenger collects compared to iMessage, Signal, and WhatsApp.

When Apple unveiled iOS 14 at WWDC 2020, the company announced a new privacy tool. The new app privacy labels would inform iPhone and iPad users about the personal data an app collects. Unsurprisingly, this infuriated companies that make a living off your data when the feature was finally released towards the end of last year. Facebook came up with a hypocritical attack against Apple, taking full-page ads in print newspapers. It accused Apple of endangering small businesses … Read the rest

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The news: Police will be able to access data collected by Singapore’s covid-19 contact tracing system for use in criminal investigations, a senior official said on Monday. The announcement contradicts the privacy policy originally outlined when the government launched its TraceTogether app in March 2020, and is being criticized as a backpedal just after participation in contact tracing was made mandatory. 

Officials said that while policy had stated that data would “only be used solely for the purpose of contact tracing of persons possibly exposed to covid-19”, the legal reality in Singapore is that police can access any data for criminal investigations—and that contact tracing data was no different. Its privacy policy was changed on January 4, 2021 to clarify “how the Criminal Procedure Code applies to all data under Singapore’s jurisdiction.” 

Early mover: TraceTogether is accessed via a smartphone app or a small wearable device, and is used … Read the rest

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More than 200 workers announced they have formed a union at Google. | Michael Short/Getty Images

The new Alphabet Workers Union is an important step forward, but it has a long road ahead.

On Monday morning, more than 220 Google tech employees announced they have formed a union. It’s a sign that worker activism is still kicking at Google, as the company faces political scrutiny over its size and power over the economy. But in a company of more than 100,000 employees, the new union is trying to grow membership significantly to exert meaningful force on Google’s management.

The new group, the Alphabet Workers Union, is open to all workers at Google and its parent company, Alphabet. A team of seven internally elected Google workers is leading the effort, with the support of the Communication Workers of America (CWA), a national union that has previously organized workers in the … Read the rest

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