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Apple Inc is planning upgraded MacBook Pro laptops this year with much faster processors, updated displays and the return of its magnetic charger, according to a person with knowledge of the plans.
The work-from-home phenomenon has triggered a fresh frustration for US corporations: Americans are blowing the whistle on their employers like never before.
When staff at Hebo Technology in Hangzhou, China, were given a ‘smart’ cushion the company had developed, they took it as a goodwill gesture. The cushion monitors vital signs and tells them when to stretch, but also tells human resources if they are away from their desks. Internet users voiced outrage.
Afghan authorities said on Jan 6 they would roll out surveillance cameras across Kabul, seeking to tackle a wave of street crime and targeted assassinations in the capital.
Singapore has admitted data collected for contact-tracing can be accessed by police despite earlier assurances it would only be used to fight the coronavirus, sparking privacy concerns on Jan 5 about the scheme.
Singapore said on Jan 4 its police will be able to use data obtained by its coronavirus contact-tracing technology for criminal investigations, a decision likely to increase privacy concerns around the system.
Hongkongers will be able to use a single digital identity and authentication to conduct government and commercial transactions online. Among the public services available, residents will be able to book inoculations in January and receive Covid-19 test results.
Amid the frenzied journeys to restock fridges or drop off stocking stuffers, drivers and shoppers in the United States for on-demand delivery apps like Shipt, DoorDash and Instacart must navigate a maze of pandemic-induced obstacles, any one of which can shrink their pay.
A US-based nonprofit that is using algorithms to identify people living in extreme poverty by analysing their mobile phone habits has made direct cash payments to 30,000 people as part of a pioneering project in Togo.
Long a country where cash is king, Italy has been prodded towards electronic payments in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, while the government is adding encouragement of its own to boost struggling shops and crack down on tax evasion.