Apple preparing to build the ‘next generation of media apps for Windows’
Apple looking for UWP developers, tooApple maintains existing Windows apps like iTunes and iCloud, but these are both old traditional desktop apps that are showing their age. Apple revealed earlier this year that it’s breaking up iTunes into three separate macOS apps: Podcasts, TV, and Music. None of these apps have arrived on Windows, leaving PC users with just iTunes. If you’re an Apple Music or Apple TV Plus subscriber, you have to use the web versions instead of dedicated apps on Windows 10 right now.
and Weather apps now display Crimea as a Russian territory when viewed from within the country. According to the , the company was pressured by the State Duma to do so, and had originally suggested displaying Crimea as an "undefined territory". However, Apple finally caved to the Russian officials' demands, according to Vasily Piskaryov, chairman of the Duma security and anti-corruption committee. In contrast to Apple's Maps and Weather apps, Google Maps shows Crimea as belonging to neither Ukraine nor Russia.
Russia forcibly annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. The country faced immediate and severe backlash from the international community, as the takeover contradicted numerous long standing agreements between the two nations. The G8 suspended Russia's membership and imposed sanctions on the country as punishment. Since then, Russia has been diligent about representing Crimea as its own territory.
Apple caves on demands to show Crimea as part of Russia in its apps
Apple's Maps and Weather apps now display Crimea as a Russian territory when viewed from within the country. According to the BBC, the company was pressured by the State Duma to do so, and had originally suggested displaying Crimea as an "undefined territory". However, Apple finally caved to the Russian officials' demands, according to Vasily Piskaryov, chairman of the Duma security and anti-corruption committee. In contrast to Apple's Maps andRussia forcibly annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. The country faced immediate and severe backlash from the international community, as the takeover contradicted numerous long standing agreements between the two nations.
Last month, Apple waded into another touchy subject byfrom users in Hong Kong and Macau. The company seemingly complied with China's push to remove any symbols of sovereignty related to the territories it claims to own. The company also from the App Store. Apple had previously hidden Hong Kong singers from its music streaming service in response to Hong Kong's ongoing anti-China protests. The company also removed VPN apps from its Chinese version of the App Store, making it difficult for Apple users to get past the Great Firewall of China.
That's a lot of questionable moves on Apple's part. The company places a large value on China, both thanks to its large customer base and its supply chain in the country, so the company has a clear economic incentive to appease its government. Why Apple would give into Russian demands, though, is much less clear.
Putin except for Crimean issue to compromise with Trump ready
Two weeks before his first summit with US President Donald Trump, the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin shown compromising on almost all topics.
An exception is the Crimean peninsula, said the spokesman for the Russian presidential office, Dmitri Peskow, in Moscow on Monday. The Crimea is an inseparable part of Russia. The issue was not on the agenda at the summit. On all other issues Putin wanted to seek a compromise with Trump.
The summit meeting of the two heads of state is planned for July 16 in the Finnish capital Helsinki. As topics the US government has called the tense relations between the two countries and questions of the national security. US Security Advisor John Bolton did not rule out that Trump would appeal to Russia's return to the group of the seven leading industrialized countries (G7) and thus the reissue of the G8.
Putin and Trump had already met at conferences, but there is no summit meeting. Such a conversation after the Nato summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 July has been discussed for a long time. Among other things, Russia and the US are cross-polled in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. The US and the European Union do not recognize the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, as Russian. In addition, the US has imposed economic sanctions on Russia for alleged interference by Russia in the US election campaign and accusations of hacking attacks on US energy networks and telecommunications infrastructure.
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Putin signs law requiring Russian apps on smartphones, TVs and PCs .
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that bans the sale of smartphones, computers and Smart TVs without Russian apps pre-installed. The law will come into force on July 1st of next year, but before that, the government will create a list of Russian applications that must be pre-installed on various devices, according to Reuters. The law supposedly helps Russian developers better compete with the foreign tech firms that currently dominate in the nation. Proponents have also pitched it as a way to spare unsophisticated users, including senior citizens, from the need to install apps.