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Microsoft is permanently closing all of its retail stores

Published on 06/27/2020 @ 6 PM EST
On Friday, Microsoft said it plans to close all of its physical Microsoft Store locations across the US and overseas permanently. Moving forward, it will focus its efforts on, where customers can go to purchase products, as well as get support and training. The company will “reimagine” four locations — in London, New York City, Sydney and Redmond — as Microsoft Experience Centers but those locations won’t sell merchandise. Source: Engadget

Google’s Phone app might be able to tell you why a business is calling you

Published on 06/27/2020 @ 6 PM EST

As reported by the Verge, "Google is piloting a new Verified Calls feature for its Phone app in Brazil that shows call recipients a business’ name, logo, and the reason for its call."

Olympus is stepping out of the camera business

Published on 06/24/2020 @ 4 PM EST
As reported by Engadget, Olympus has announced plans to get out of the camera business entirely, selling off its imaging division to an investment fund. Japan Industrial Partners, the company that bought the VAIO computer business from Sony, has signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Olympus spin out the division and transfer all of its shares.

Google’s auto-delete controls will remove every new users’ web data after 18 months

Published on 06/24/2020 @ 4 PM EST

As an endeavor for treating information responsibly, Google introduced auto-delete controls. As explained in the official announcement, "Auto-delete controls will give you the choice to have Google automatically and continuously delete your Location History, search, voice and YouTube activity data after 3 months or 18 months. We continue to challenge ourselves to do more with less, and today we’re changing our data retention practices to make auto-delete the default for our core activity settings."

Apple is switching Macs to its own processors

Published on 06/22/2020 @ 4 PM EST
Announced at WWDC 2020, Apple is officially moving to its own silicon chips for some of its Mac hardware. The first Mac with Apple silicon will release by the end of this year, and the brand expects the transition to take two years. 

WWDC 2020—iOS 14 with Siri improvements, macOS Big Sur, and more

Published on 06/22/2020 @ 4 PM EST

For the first time in the history of Apple, WWDC 2020 is an all-online experience. Some of the major announcements included the new iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, macOS Big Sur, and the Apple Silicon transition.