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Japanese startup Donut Robotics invents tech "smart mask" that can translate Japanese into 8 languages
Japanese startup Donut Robotics invents tech "smart mask" that can translate Japanese into 8 languages
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The white "c-mask" by Japanese startup Donut Robotics that can translate Japanese into eight different languages. The tech smart mask needs to be worn over standard face masks to ensure protection and can amplify the mask wearer’s voice, make calls, transcribe speech and translate languages. The first 5,000 masks will be shipped to Japanese buyers in September but the company is looking to expand their market into China, the US and Europe at a later date.

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Apple CFO Luca Maestri announces delay of next iPhones launch
Apple CFO Luca Maestri announces delay of next iPhones launch
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During Apple'2 Q3 2020 earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri revealed that the company is planning to launch the next iPhones "a few weeks later." Maestri didn't give a reason for the delay but it's assumed it's due to the impact of Covid-19.

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iPhone assembler Foxconn allegedly plans $1 billion investment into plant in India
Foxconn factory at Czech Republic
Foxconn factory at Czech Republic Credit: Nadkachna (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The Taiwanese hardware and technology company Foxconn allegedly plans to invest up to $1 billion in India. The goal is to expand an existing factory southeastern India near Chennai where the company assembles iPhones for Apple.

According to a source published by the news agency Reuters "There’s a strong request from Apple to its clients to move part of the iPhone production out of China". Neither Foxconn nor Apple have commented on the news.

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Mac computers to use Apple-designed processors, and run iOS apps
Macbook with new ARM based processor
Macbook with new ARM based processor Credit: Apple (Reproduction)

During the WWDC today, Apple announced the switch from Intel to custom ARM-based processors for its Mac computers. The move means Macs will run on the same family of chips as the iPhones and iPads and will be able to run iOS applications natively.

"We expect to ship our first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year," said chief executive Tim Cook.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks-off online on June 22
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks-off online on June 22
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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC20, will happen from June 22 to 26. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the time, the event will be online-only. It will include the keynote address, Platforms State of the Union, more tha 100 engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, and 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers.

WWDC20 kicks-off, with the keynote address, at June 22, 17:00 (UTC).

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Apple has been granted a patent for social distancing group selfies
Apple has been granted a patent for social distancing group selfies
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Apple has been granted a software patent that could enable users to take selfies without being physically together. The software could ask users to take a selfie separately with Apple then digitally stitching the single images and videos together and arranging it so that multiple people would be seen in one image or video. The users would keep the original and merged versions.

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Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro Credit: Apple Newsroom

Apple released its updated 13-inch MacBook Pro on Monday. The device comes with the new Magic Keyboard and an Intel 10th Gen processors "for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance". RAM can be upgraded up to 32GB and storage up to 4TB. The model starts at $1,299 in the US and 1,499€ in Europe.

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Irish startup and health authority cooperate to deliver medicine via drones

The startup Manna Aero has started working with Ireland's health service in order to deliver prescribed medicine to patients after they've had a video call with their general practitioner, as well as essential goods such as milk or bread. The initiative is hoping that it can provide these necessities to around 500 smaller more rural Irish towns in the future if the test go well.