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Apple still won’t mandate vaccines but will require employees to regularly take COVID-19 tests

Dieter Bohn / The Verge Apple is tightening its COVID-19 policies, requiring that unvaccinated employees (or employees who refuse to disclose their vaccination status) get daily COVID-19 tests to enter its offices, although the company still has yet to require workers to get vaccinated. Vaccinated employees will also have to do regular tests, but only …

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Twitter bought a messaging app to help make DMs and Communities better

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In an effort to strengthen its Communities, Twitter has acquired Sphere, a group chat app founded in 2016 that aims to make conversations more interactive and organized. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sphere’s website describes the app as a place that “transforms groups into vibrant …

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Google lowers Play Store fees for subscriptions and music streaming apps

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge As regulatory pressure on the Play Store for Android increases, Google is once again making changes to its business structure. It has announced that more categories of apps will be eligible to pay significantly less than the usual 30 percent fee. The company is announcing that all subscription-based …

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Google will make it easier to separate your work and personal life on Android

Image: Google Google’s Work Profile tool for Android, which lets you hide your work apps and data with the flip of a switch and keeps your personal phone use safe from your company, will be coming to more users next year. According to a blog post from the company, currently, the feature is limited to …

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Facebook Oversight Board says Facebook wasn’t ‘fully forthcoming’ about Trump ban

Photo by Michele Doying / The Verge The Facebook Oversight Board says it will review Facebook’s “cross-check” program for high-profile users and criticized it for not disclosing enough information about the program. In a new transparency report, the Oversight Board — a semi-independent body that reviews Facebook’s moderation process — publicly accepted a Facebook request …

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Huawei’s Nova 9 is its latest smartphone to launch globally sans Google

Huawei’s Nova 9. | Image: Huawei Huawei’s Nova 9 is getting a global launch just under a month after the phone was announced for the Chinese market, the company said today. Huawei characterizes the Nova 9 as a “flagship smartphone for the younger generation,” compared to its Mate series (high-tech and premium) and P-series (photography) …

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Halo Infinite is getting ray tracing thanks to a Microsoft and AMD partnership

Image: Microsoft Microsoft has selected AMD as its exclusive PC partner for Halo Infinite. While this means plenty of marketing opportunities, it’s also fostered a closer engineering partnership with AMD that Microsoft says will improve frame rates in the campaign mode and eventually bring ray tracing to the game. “We’re looking forward to working closely …

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