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Apple will retire iTunes soon

Will be replaced by Music, Podcasts, and TV

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Since time immemorial, Apple has always used iTunes for desktop music management. The iconic app came with the iconic iPod. Who doesn’t remember poring over hundreds of songs, trying to create the perfect playlist? For diehard Apple fans, iTunes is an iconic experience.

Sadly, the iPod’s obsolescence has caused a rapid decline for the iconic app. Further, the rise of streaming services hammered the final nail on the coffin for Apple’s music management software. Apple Music has provided a worthy replacement for the app. Also, Apple’s Podcasts and TV have replaced even iTunes’ supplementary features. iTunes is slowly going obsolete itself.

Based on a report by Bloomberg, Apple will soon do the inevitable. At next week’s WWDC, the company will reportedly retire the 18-year old software. iTunes will finally bow down to the modern trio of apps — Music, Podcasts, and TV.

The new strategy will usher in Apple’s more unified ecosystem of apps. With iTunes, Apple users are switching between multiple apps. iTunes’ retirement will allow Apple to focus on more dedicated apps based on usage. Further, Apple can finally unify its ecosystem for all its many platforms. In the next generation, Apple users can freely control their MacBook, iPhone, and Apple Watch in the same app.

Unfortunately, iTunes’ passing is a sad spectacle. Despite its lack of optimization, the software has been part of everyone’s technological life. Of course, in its latter years, iTunes has lost its reputation as a reliable music management app. Its retirement is beyond inevitability.

On the bright side, Apple has not forsaken the iPod ecosystem. Recently, the company has announced the iPod’s surprising resurrection. A new iPod Touch is coming soon.

Further, Apple will likely announce another slew of goodies next week. The upcoming WWDC will introduce new things to come for Apple’s future.

SEE ALSO: Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip

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Pulse app by Pru Life UK offers free COVID-19 protection

It’s a personal accident insurance

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Life Insurance company Pru Life UK is offering a free COVID-19 protection for Filipinos through its health app Pulse.

The program offers free accident and death benefit for 500,000 Filipinos, in the unfortunate event that the individual passes away, including as a result of COVID-19. Health workers are entitled to twice the death coverage at no cost.

Terms of the insurance

The free COVID-19 protection and PA coverage is a one-time, 45-day insurance, available to the first 500,000 persons who register their profiles on the Pulse app, effective from the date of registration.

It’s important to note that those who have been diagnosed with, have symptoms of, have been under quarantine for COVID-19, or have been living with a COVID-19 patient at the time of registration are not eligible for this offer. Other excluded conditions are listed in the terms and conditions of the product.

Registration starts on April 10, 2020 and is available to all Filipinos aged 18 to 64. This includes a death benefit or lump sum amount of PhP 100,000 for the bereaved family if the insured passes away due to accident, or as a result of COVID-19, subject to terms and conditions.

Eligible health workers will receive a double COVID-19 death benefit worth PhP 200,000. No purchase of any insurance product is required.

Registration process

The offer can be found on the Pulse app that’s available on Android and iOS. Some important things to take note of:

  • New Pulse app registrants are required to create an account and complete their profiles.
  • Existing Pulse registrants will receive an in-app notification directing them to complete their profiles in order to register for the free COVID-19 protection.
  • Applicants will also be requested to complete the profiles of their beneficiaries through Pulse.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the policy owners and their beneficiaries upon successful registration.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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WhatsApp limits forwarding to one contact at a time to fight misinformation

A welcome move that should help ease panic

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the spread of misinformation has been faster than ever. To curb this, one of the world’s most widely-used instant messenger, WhatsApp, has taken a radical step. It’ll limit the forwarding of messages to only one contact or person at a time.

Previously, you could send the message to up to five people in one go. However, there have been numerous reports of users abusing this feature to spread unverified information. This has lead to a sudden rise in panic amid the pandemic and authorities across the world have failed to curb this nuisance.

WhatsApp in a blog post said, “We’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for a personal conversation.”

This will go a long way in curbing the spread of misinformation as users will not be able to spread it as quickly as they could earlier. This isn’t the first time the Facebook-owned company has curbed the limit. A few years ago, it limited the feature to five contacts and noticed a drop of 25 percent in forwards globally. Additionally, it also started marking forwarded messages with “double arrow” labels to notify readers that it’s not an original message.

The app is widely used in developing countries in Asia. India is one of its prime markets due to the high population and affordable availability of mobile data.

WhatsApp has also affirmed that it’s constantly working with health authorities around the globe to ease the Coronavirus spread. In association with the WHO, it has already launched a chatbot that can quickly address concerns as well as answer questions about the virus.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Someone discovered how to hack your MacBook through Safari

Thankfully, it’s already been patched

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With everyone’s workplaces shifting online, now is the best time to prioritize cybersecurity. Already, the world has turned a more watchful eye onto promising online platforms like Zoom. It’s time to root out the world’s hacking problems.

Recently, Apple averted a major security issue on Safari. A few months ago, Ryan Pickren, a security researcher spotted and submitted a flaw on the browser’s software to Apple’s bug bounty program. Now, after Apple patched the bugs already, Pickren has shared his findings to the public.

Previously, Safari liberally saved its users’ site permission preferences. For example, if you allow a certain site to access your device’s camera and microphone, the browser remembers these decisions for ease of access in the future. Further, Safari allows several variations of the allowed URL, adding to the convenience.

Through some online magic, malicious parties can spoof their identities and pretend to be one of these alternative URLs. In turn, the hack allows others to access the device’s permitted peripherals. Hackers could have accessed your webcam, your microphone, and your screen.

Notably, these flaws don’t originate from Apple’s hardware or Safari’s security. In essence, it’s just a disguise. Fortunately, Apple has already patched these flaws out of the browser. Thankfully, no one can exploit the flaw now.

Currently, Apple implements a rigorous bug bounty program to hunt down potential exploits for its products. White hat hackers can earn money by submitting important flaws. Pickren, for example, bagged US$ 75,000 for his report.

SEE ALSO: Apple Safari caught sending user data to a Chinese company

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