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Tech Giant Apple Slammed for Blocking Tiananmen-linked Songs

Every year, around June 4, the Chinese government begins to censor mentions of the protest and this time Apple joined in, especially on its music platform

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple is being slammed by US Congress members for censoring content on Apple Music to appease China ahead of the 30th anniversary of the “Tiananmen Square Massacre”.

Under pressure from China, Apple Music has removed songs with lyrics that refer to the massacre — one of the biggest of all times, The Verge reported on Saturday.

“It’s disgraceful to see one of America’s most innovative, influential tech companies support the Communist government’s aggressive censorship efforts within China as we near the Tiananmen Square massacre’s 30th anniversary,” the report quoted Marco Rubio, the US Senator for Florida as saying.

Several other Congress members felt by surrendering to China’s repressive mentality, the iPhone-maker was missing the chance to “become a stronger voice for freedom around the globe.”

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters were killed and thousands arrested when Chinese troops stormed the Tiananmen Square in Beijing firing on June 4, 1989.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Every year, around June 4, the Chinese government begins to censor mentions of the protest and this time Apple joined in, especially on its music platform, the report said.

One of the songs removed is “The Path of Man”, written by James Wong. Wong confirmed that lyrics referred to the Tiananmen Square protests and showed the Chinese government in poor light. Two other singers censored by the app are pro-democracy activists Denise Ho and Anthony Wong.

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As Apple expands its retail operations in China, it has grown increasingly aligned with the country’s government. Last year, it moved the data of its Chinese users to a local firm in southern China to gain government trust.

In accordance with the Chinese line that Taiwan is its part, the company has censored the Taiwanese flag emoji in China. It even created a bug that crashed users’ phones when they received texts containing the Taiwanese flag emoji. (IANS)

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Apple Manages to Open Nearly Half of its Retail Stores Worldwide

Apple has reopened nearly 256 retail stores globally

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Nearly half of Apple retail stores are now open globally. Pixabay

Apple has managed to reopen nearly 256 retail stores out of more than 500 worldwide, as it aims to safely restart operations.

Apple closed all its retail stores outside Greater China in March as COVID-19 pandemic spread. All the Apple stores in Greater China are now open.

“In China, and later around the world, we were one of the first companies to close our stores. In Greater China, we saw the importance of swift action — and the critical importance of social distance — to slow the virus’ spread,” according to Apple’s head of retail Deidre O’Brien.

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Apple is conducting enhanced deep cleanings at their stores to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Pixabay

“As time has gone on, we’ve continued to refine and expand our in-store health and safety measures, which have proven so effective in places like Greater China, where our stores have been safely open for months,” he added.

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Apple is taking some additional steps in most places. Throughout the day, Apple is conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.

“Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID-19,” O’Brien elaborated. (IANS)

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An Apple A Day To Keep Heatwaves Away

Apples have high water content thus a great nutrition value especially in summer

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Eat apples to guard against the summer heatwaves. Pixabay

Food with high water content is highly prescribed by doctors to stay hydrated during the summers, a season that summons a wave of soaring temperatures, higher than 40-degrees.

A much-loved fruit in India, apples are hydrating heros’ in such a situation. A heatwave can affect human health in a varied manner and to maintain ideal body temperature in this soaring summer, one must remain adequately hydrated, be protected from the sun and maintain hygiene.

Working professionals and people who must step out in summers, are prone to the heatwave impact. Pediatric experts and doctors agree on the benefits of drinking water and eating fruits, especially, apples. ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ is true as they are rich in a number of vitamins with great anti-inflammatory benefits and many other essential minerals. Washington Apple Commission spells how apples can prove to be a summer-friendly fruit.

People often don’t realise the danger of exposing themselves to extreme heat. Older adults, young children, and people with chronic illnesses are most at greater risk for serious problems. The nutrition benefits of apples may help not only in avoiding such illnesses but may also protect against many such conditions.

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Apples are hydrating heros’ in summer. Pixabay

As popular as apples are as a fruit, they are enriched in antioxidants, dietary fibers, vitamins and a range of other nutrients that are greatly beneficial in maintaining good health. The fruit is rich in soluble fibers which may help prevent several health conditions and may lower the risk of major diseases such as heat strokes, diabetes and cancer.

The soluble fiber also promotes weight loss and improves gut health. The prebiotic effects of apples help feed the good bacteria in the gut, thus, improving digestion.

Apples are made of 85 percent water and contain vitamins, fibres and antioxidants. A high fibre content is a particularly beneficial property of apples, as improper digestion is a major health concern in the tropical climatic region. Apples are also enriched in antioxidants that help protect the lungs from oxidative damage and help oxygen flow through the blood.

 

Apple-based recipes

Make interesting snacks, dessert, beverages and savoury meals with this miraculous fruit during summers.

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Try these exotic apple dishes this summer. Pixabay

Salted apple caramel galette

Caramel apples get a grown-up makeover with this Salted Caramel Apple Galette. Warm, gooey, and delicious, this pastry is loaded with apples and homemade caramel. It’s a sophisticated take on a childhood favorite and since it’s easier to make than pie, it’s perfect for summer get-togethers.

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Caramel apple pie ice-cream sandwiches

Nothing is better at a cookout on a warm day than a cold, refreshing ice cream sandwich. In Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches, the comforting flavor of apple pie is recreated in a creamy frozen banana-based ice cream studded with apple and date pieces. Then that scoop of ice cream is sandwiched between two pieces of no-bake cinnamon oat cookie dough. (IANS)

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Apple’s New Smart Glass May Start at $499

'Apple Glass' may come with prescription lens support

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Apple is reportedly working on smart glasses called Apple Glass. WIkimedia Commons

Apple is reportedly working on smart glasses called Apple Glass which is expected to be sold for a relatively low price of $499.

Apple Glass will pair with an iPhone and be controlled by gestures on and in front of the glasses, according to Jon Prosser, a reliable Apple insider.

Prosser said that an early prototype for Apple Glass featured wireless charging and LiDAR and Apple was initially planning on unveiling Apple Glass later this year, at its September event.

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Apple Glass will pair with an iPhone and be controlled by gestures on and in front of the glasses. (Representational Image). Pixabay

However, the ongoing global health crisis may make that not a possibility, so Apple’s plans to unveil the new product could be forced back to March 2021.

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Apple Glasses could feature a high-resolution display and are likely to be reliant on the iPhone for processing power to keep them slim and lightweight. The glasses are expected to run a new operating system, rOS (or reality OS).

Apart from Kuo, Taiwanese site DigiTimes and The Information recently claimed that Apple’s AR glasses could launch by 2022 as suppliers work to ramp up development. (IANS)

Tech Giant Apple Slammed for Blocking Tiananmen-linked Songs
Apple Manages to Open Nearly Half of its Retail Stores Worldwide
An Apple A Day To Keep Heatwaves Away
Apple’s New Smart Glass May Start at $499