Day: September 16, 2020

Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments – TechCrunch

At the beginning of the previous decade, Facebook had a tiny presence in India. It had just started to slowly expand its team in the country and was inking deals with telecom operators to make access to its service free to users and even offer incentives such as free voice credit.

India’s internet population, now the second largest with more than 500 million connected users, itself was very small. In early 2011, the country had fewer than 100 million internet users.

But Facebook ended up playing a crucial role in the last decade. So much so that by the end of it, the social juggernaut was reaching nearly every internet user in the country. WhatsApp alone reaches more than 400 million internet users in India, more than any other app in the country, according to mobile insight firm App Annie.

This reach of Facebook in India didn’t go unnoticed.

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Apple iPadOS: A cheat sheet

Apple’s OS for iPad includes features that make it easier to use the iPad as a laptop replacement. Here’s what you need to know about iPadOS.

Apple’s iPad 8 generation will ship with iPadOS 14.

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Since the launch of the first-generation iPad in 2010, Apple has dominated the tablet market. Originally launching with iPhone OS 3.2, the first-generation 9.7″ iPad was architecturally akin to a large iPhone. With successive models, Apple has differentiated the iPad from the iPhone by adding support for input methods such as the Apple Pencil, and different screen sizes, such as the 7.9″ iPad Mini, and the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro.

As the iPad lineup has expanded into a wholly separate product category, Apple announced at its 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it has rebranded iOS for iPad as iPadOS starting with iOS 13 to highlight and target

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Apple focuses on COVID-19 with new oximeter, home workout experiences, and more

Tuesday’s Apple event was held virtually and featured a number of announcements focused on enhancing public health during the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Tuesday, Apple held its “Time Flies” event featuring a series of unveilings and product updates. Similar to Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the event was also held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event featured numerous unveilings including the Apple Watch Series 6, a new iPad, and more. Apple also announced a series of features focused on enhancing public health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As with many trends, COVID-19 is pulling demand earlier for features and functions that otherwise would have taken years to embed into society,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director in Gartner’s Quantitative Innovation team.

SEE: BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policy (TechRepublic Premium)

Earlier this month, Apple released its COVID-19 Exposure Notifications as part of the iOS 13.7 update. Once local

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