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Tech Giant Apple to Offer Support to Media Literacy in US, Europe

Cook acknowledged the work being done by these organisations in empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens

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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 has announced a new initiative in support of non-profit organisations in the US and Europe that offer un-biased, independent media literacy programmes.

To advance their efforts in empowering young minds, Apple will support the US-based News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense organisations, along with the Italy-based Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori, the company said in a blog-post on Wednesday.

“News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organisations on the front lines of this effort,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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

Cook acknowledged the work being done by these organisations in empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens.

“Apple News is committed to presenting quality journalism from trusted sources,” said Lauren Kern, Editor-In-Chief of Apple News.

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“We’re thrilled that Apple is supporting these important organizations to train the next generation on how to seek out accurate and reliable information amid an increasingly complicated news landscape.” (IANS)

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Apple Spent Over $30 mn on Amazon Cloud in Q1 2019

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added

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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

In its determination to expand its online services like iCloud, Apple spent over $30 million on Amazon’s Cloud services in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019. The amount is 10 per cent higher than what it spent in Q1 2018.

Internationally, there are more than a billion recorded users of Apple devices every month. Given its considerable storage requirement, the company relies on major big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google, CNBC reported on Monday.

If Apple’s AWS use stays at those levels for the rest of 2019, its annual spending would exceed $360 million, the report noted.

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to spend at least $1.5 billion on AWS over the next five years as part of an agreement. The iPhone-maker’s AWS expenditure may only expand further, said the report.

In a February job posting, Apple said it was looking for someone who could “lead and architect our growing AWS footprint”.

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

For some time now, Apple’s top product — the iPhone — has been experiencing saturation status in the markets because of which the company has begun pointing more to online services as a key contributor.

Talking about the use of Cloud-based services in the past, the iPhone has specified that it uses AWS for iCloud storage. The company however, did not disclose whether any other Apple services depend on AWS or not.

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To support its Cloud needs, the company is also investing heavily into building its own infrastructure.

In January 2018, Apple announced plans to spend $10 billion on data centres in the US within five years.

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added. (IANS)