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Apple’s privacy-focused Private Relay feature isn’t coming to China
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Apple’s privacy-focused Private Relay feature isn’t coming to China

Apple’s new Private Relay feature, which is designed to obscure users’ browsing data and protect their privacy, won’t be available in China, Reuters reports. The feature was announced during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as part of a new subscription bundle called iCloud Plus. Other countries where Private Relay won’t be available include: Belarus, Colombia, Egypt,...

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Are we overestimating the ransomware threat?

On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Justice Department said it has seized much of the cryptocurrency ransom that  U.S. pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline paid last month to a Russian hacking collective called DarkSide by tracking the payment as it moved through different accounts belonging to the hacking group and finally breaking into one of those accounts...

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How can we make sure everyone benefits from the next quantum revolution?

Over the past six years, quantum science has noticeably shifted, from the domain of physicists concerned with learning about the universe on extremely small scales, to a source of new technologies we all might use for practical purposes. These technologies make use of quantum properties of single atoms or particles of light. They include sensors,...

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Cabify launches ‘Cabify Go!’, a multi-modal subscription service

Cabify wants to own the way people in cities move. The Spanish-born ride-hailing company is rolling out a pilot multi-modal subscription model to 40,000 users in Madrid this week, with plans to expand to its other markets throughout Spain and Latin America. The “Cabify Go!” subscription service appears to have something for everyone. All of...

Shhh, this guide to Apple’s WWDC privacy announcements is a SECRET
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Shhh, this guide to Apple’s WWDC privacy announcements is a SECRET

Apple has honed on enhancing privacy across its devices aggressively for the last couple of years. So it wasn’t entirely surprising to see a dedicated privacy section at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event last night. While there haven’t been any controversial features like anti-tracking, Apple made some notable announcements. Here’s a summary of it:...

Weed Shops Offer Free Joint to Anyone Who Gets Vaccinated in Washington State
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Weed Shops Offer Free Joint to Anyone Who Gets Vaccinated in Washington State

File photo of a worker at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company packaging pre-rolled marijuana joints near Shelton, Washington.Photo: Ted S. Warren (AP) Cannabis retailers in Washington state have received local government approval to offer a free joint to anyone who gets vaccinated for covid-19, according to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. The offer is...

Apple’s biggest WWDC 2021 announcements, in one handy list
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Apple’s biggest WWDC 2021 announcements, in one handy list

WWDC 2021 happened today, and as usual, Apple had a ton of news to announce at the event. Then again, with no hardware to announce, it wasn’t exactly the most exciting WWDC of all time, but here’s the best of what we learned from the company’s virtual conference. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Apple announced...