The Retail-Presence Edition Monday, May 31, 2021

Apple To Open More Stores Even As Pandemic Drives Online Sales, by Elisabeth Behrmann, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. will add to its global retail presence even as stores in inner cities struggle with an accelerating shift to sales online during the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe reported.

Apple Releases ECG App With A-Fib Feature In Australia, by Thiru Gunasegaran, MobiHealthNews

Apple has made available in Australia its electrocardiogram app for Series 4, 5 and 6 of its Apple Watch. An irregular rhythm notification feature that checks atrial fibrillation was also included in the Apple Watch Series 3 and later versions.

Twelve South MagicBridge Extended Review - Connects Apple Magic Trackpad 2 To Apple Magic Keyboard, by Alex Birch, The Gadgeteer

The Twelve South MagicBridge Extended is a bit of a niche product, but if you run the Magic Keyboard and Magic TrackPad 2, it is definitely worth a look. It holds both very well, keeping your desk slightly less cluttered and gives you the option of reclining in your chair and moving the controls to your lap.

Spatial Audio For Indie Artists Inbound, How To Prep Your Music, by Justin Kahn, 9to5Mac

According to our sources, those going with the Dolby Atmos mixing and mastering platform for Spatial Audio will be required to deliver BWF+ADM files — a standard broadcast wave file rendering format available inside of the Dolby Atmos suite.

‘Silicon Six’ Tech Giants Accused Of Inflating Tax Payments By Almost $100bn, by Rupert Neate, The Guardian

As Chancellor Rishi Sunak called on world leaders to back a new tech tax ahead of next week’s G7 summit in the UK, a report by the campaign group Fair Tax Foundation singled out Amazon, Facebook, Google’s owner, Alphabet, Netflix, Apple and Microsoft.

It said they paid $96bn less in tax between 2011 and 2020 than the notional taxation figures they cite in their annual financial reports.

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One more week to WWDC. One more week to see if there are any significant changes to iPadOS to make people want to buy the new iPad Pro.


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