Cash-strapped governments are leaning toward a new regulatory regime in the wake of pandemic relief efforts.
Feeling the pinch of rising Chinese tech, the Silicon Valley giants become political to stay in the game.
The move, which leaves France relatively isolated in Europe alongside Britain and Norway, reflects differences on how such apps should be structured, who has access to sensitive data and their effectiveness.
The pandemic lockdowns have solidified the notion of tech companies as a necessity as people’s reliance on the internet, smart phones, apps and social media has significantly increased.
The second-generation iPhone SE will sell for as little as $399, a 40 percent markdown from the most affordable iPhone 11.
New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use Bluetooth wireless technology to track down people who may have been infected by coronavirus carriers.
Will we see a new cold war emerge?
The TraceTogether app will work by exchanging short distance Bluetooth signals between phones to detect other participating users in close proximity of two metres.
The authority said it found that Apple acted to prevent independent retailers in France from competing on price and abused its economic power over them.
Apple’s hourly workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operation, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, and online sales will continue as usual.
The combination of a viral pandemic and an oil shock may have brought us to the brink of an economic crisis – with no end in sight.
Apple had closed its branded stores in early February, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
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