Apple redesigns accessibility site to showcase tips for vision, hearing and other areas

Apple wants to make it easier for people to learn about the company’s accessibility features and figure out how to customize their iPhones , Macs and other devices to better suit their needs. The gadget maker on Wednesday launched a redesign of its accessibility website, Apple.com/accessibility, to highlight its various offerings.



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The new site is organized around four areas: vision, mobility, hearing and cognition, and it gives tips about dozens of features Apple has built for its various devices. Along with the revamped site, Apple Support is releasing a new collection of videos on its YouTube channel that show how to use some of the company’s latest accessibility features. 

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Auditors slam EU for ‘marine protected areas’ that fail to protect ocean

Europe’s marine protected areas (MPAs), set up to prevent biodiversity loss at sea, are failing to protect the oceans according to an excoriating report from auditors.



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Examining actions to protect marine life over the past decade, the European court of auditors raised a “red flag” warning the EU had failed to halt marine biodiversity loss in Europe’s waters and restore fishing to sustainable levels.

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Its report concluded there had been “no meaningful signs of progress” in the Mediterranean, the most overfished sea in the world, where the report said fishing is now at twice the sustainable level.

The news follows Guardian Seascape revelations on the so-called “paper parks” that marine conservationists say allow bottom trawling and other activities harmful to vulnerable marine habitats.

The report’s findings echoed a recent assessment by the European Environment Agency (EEA), which found fewer than 1%

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Lockdown imposed in 12 areas


RAWALPINDI:

The Rawalpindi district administration, acting on the advice of the Punjab Health Ministry, imposed smart lockdowns in 12 more areas of the district on Monday. Punjab Primary and Secondary Health Secretary Muhammad Usman has issued a notification in this regard too.

According to the notification, the 12 areas including eight in Rawalpindi city, three in Gujjar Khan and one in Wah Cantt have been sealed from November 29 midnight till December 8.

These areas include Airport Housing Society ,Mirza Colony, Tench Bhata, Street 3, Block A, Tehmasamabad, Block D, Sattelite Town, New Malpur 7th Road, Satelite Town, Shaheen Town Phase II, Dhoke Kangal, Gulzar Quaid, Street 17, and Farooq Azam Road in Rawalpindi, Barki Jadeed, Jermote Kalan and Mohalla Zargaran in Gujar Khan and Lalarukh area in Wah Cantt. The notification said that the decision was taken in larger public interest and was taken in exercise of powers conferred

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DISA pinpoints three technology areas in revised strategic plan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency released a revised strategic plan Monday for fiscal 2021 and 2022 that identifies three core technology areas of focus where the agency “must direct our attention to achieve our overall mission objectives.”

The areas are cyber defense, cloud computing and Defense Enterprise Office Solutions. The latter is a new office tools contract. This is the second version of DISA’s strategic plan for fiscal 2019-2022, which was originally released in 2019.

“This refresh incorporates updates to our priorities in light of a changed strategic environment characterized by rapidly shifting global and cyberspace landscapes,” the introduction stated. “In this era of technological advancement in the cyber domain, DISA is continually seeking new ways to meet the needs of the end user that demands responsive, resilient, secure and high-quality IT services.”

In her letter from the director, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton noted that the Defense

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Tech elites are making moves out of San Francisco as they rethink the area’s costs, political climate, and safety

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.

Read on for more on the future of Silicon Valley, a private-equity titan’s relationship with a Texas investor embroiled in a political scandal, and the rise and fall of the world’s oldest advertising agency.



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Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of shoes and clothes retailer Zappos, has died at age 46 following injuries sustained in a fire. 

Hsieh (pronounced shay) retired from Zappos in August after 20 years with the company, staying on long after he sold the company to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009. He was widely known for his efforts to regenerate the downtown Las Vegas area, and for his commitment to holacracy, a manager-free operating structure. 

Zappos’ current CEO,

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Bay Area’s DoorDash to pay $2.5 million after allegedly tip theft

Bay Area restaurant-delivery firm DoorDash has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a government lawsuit alleging it stole drivers’ tips and deceived customers into thinking their tip money was going to drivers.

Washington, D.C. attorney general Karl Racine filed the civil suit last year, and in a news release accused the San Francisco company of “lowering labor costs by swiping tips left for workers.”

Racine claimed “DoorDash led consumers to believe that any tips would go directly to food delivery workers, while instead effectively treating this money as extra profit for the company.”

The suit in District of Columbia Superior Court alleged DoorDash would reduce drivers’ pay for each job by the amount of any tip. For example, if a customer left no tip on a job that was to pay $10 to the driver — called a “Dasher” by the company — DoorDash would pay the driver $10,

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Opinion | Americans revive spirit of first Thanksgiving by carrying disease to new areas

These Thanksgiving reenactors were dedicated to making sure the holiday got the celebration it deserved. “Usually,” another ardent patriot said, “my Thanksgiving celebration is based on a selective and misleading interpretation of history. This year, it will be based on a selective and misleading interpretation of science as well. And I brought green beans with those weird little packaged onion things on them!”

“It’s a point of pride with me to ignore any guidelines that would prevent my bringing pestilence with me to this important family holiday,” one celebrator noted. “The Pilgrims didn’t pay attention to any guidelines! Dare I act as though to be alive now offers me any advantages over what they had?”

One matriarch, sticking her entire arm into the slick carcass of a bird, offered, “It’s important to me that my Thanksgiving keeps the traditions of those first fur traders and colonists alive: where I feel

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Bank of America says these 2 areas in technology are still undervalued and have room to run in 2021

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., March 17, 2020.
  • After a year dominated by mega-cap tech stocks, Bank of America says the technology sector has more room to run in 2021. 
  • But next year’s trade will be about enterprise technology stocks like software, as well as areas of tech sensitive to the economic recovery like semiconductors, according to Savita Subramanian, the bank’s head of US equity and quantitative strategy. 
  • “The world is long FAANG,” said Subramanian, but software and semiconductors aren’t at as much of a crowding risk. 
  • “Technology to us is secular growth with a cyclical price tag,” the strategist told a Tuesday webinar. 
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Investors have piled into the FAANG trade, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other opportunities in tech, according to Bank of

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IBM to hire and train 300 Singaporeans in emerging tech areas over next 4 years, Business News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – IBM will hire and train 300 Singaporeans in emerging tech areas over the next four years, under a memorandum of intent (MOI) that was signed by the tech giant and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Friday (Nov 20).

Applicants will receive training for roles such as data scientists and cloud architects in the company-led training initiative, which falls under IMDA’s TechSkills Accelerator Programme.

Of the 300 roles on offer, 60 are for mid-career professionals, while the other 240 are open to both new and mid-career professionals.

The initiative is part of IBM’s Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Programme, which aims to meet the demand for technology consulting and deep technical skills – both needed to support the acceleration of digital transformation across all industries. It is also in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

Participants in IBM’s programme will be exposed to emerging technologies such

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UN Report Highlights How Conserving Biodiverse Areas Will Help Combat Climate Change

Protecting biodiversity will also help combat climate change, according to a latest report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released on Friday. The report underscores the importance of adopting integrated approaches to climate and nature.

Conserving nearly 30 per cent of land in strategic locations could safeguard 500 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon stored in vegetation and soils, which is around half the

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