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Apple, Google Face Criticism For Hosting Saudi Woman- tracking App

Amnesty International called on Apple and Google to demand changes to the app so that it can be stopped for being used to harm women

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Apple and Google are facing criticism from human rights activists for hosting an app that allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control women’s movements.
According to a report in Insider on Friday, the app called “Absher” lets men to give women permission to travel, and also get SMS when a woman uses her passport at the border.
For making the apps available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the US-based tech giants have been accused of facilitating misogyny and helping “enforce gender apartheid”.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a women’s rights activist urged Apple and Google should reconsider hosting the app, Insider reported, adding that the two tech giants did not respond to its requests for comment.
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Under Saudi law, it is essential for women to have a legal “guardian” who can restrict her travel.
While Absher – a government service – offers other functions like paying parking fines, its travel features have been targeted by activists as it makes it difficult for women to leave Saudi Arabia.
“Apple and Google have rules against apps that facilitate threats and harassment,” Human Rights Watch was quoted as saying.
“Apps like this one can facilitate human rights abuses, including discrimination against women.”
Amnesty International called on Apple and Google to demand changes to the app so that it can be stopped for being used to harm women.
Yasmine Mohammed, a critic of Saudi Arabia, told Insider that the companies are “facilitating the most archaic misogyny” and help the Saudi government to enforce “gender apartheid”. (IANS)

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Apple Releases New Version of its Professional Music Production Software

Apple said that Logic Pro X 10.4.5 has been made available starting Friday as a free update for all existing users

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Apple on Friday released a new version of Logic Pro X, its professional music production software, with optimisations that take advantage of the power of the new Mac Pro.

Logic Pro X 10.4.5 will now support up to 56 processing threads, allowing pro music producers and film composers to work through demanding music projects with ease, Apple said.

With the new Mac Pro, Logic can now run up to five times the number of real-time plug-ins compared to the previous generation Mac Pro.

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The new version of the music production software increases the available track and channel count for all users, now supporting up to 1,000 audio tracks and 1,000 software instrument tracks, providing four times the number of available tracks for productions.

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Apple said that Logic Pro X 10.4.5 has been made available starting Friday as a free update for all existing users, and is available on the Mac App Store for Rs 15,500 for new customers. (IANS)