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
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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.
Pompeo: US rejects Crimean annexation by Russia
According to Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, the US continues to disallow the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Russia should end the occupation of the Black Sea Peninsula, Pompeo said after a press release on Wednesday in Washington. Such actions are unworthy of a great nation, Russia has thus isolated itself from the international community.
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attacks Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea in March 2014. The US and the EU condemned the action as contrary to international law. Ukraine still regards Crimea as part of its territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Crimea dead during his summit with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki. «For us, for Russia, this question is answered. That's all, "said Putin.
Pompeo made it clear that the US, like its Western partners, is holding to the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This also means that Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting government forces since 2014, continues to be part of Ukraine from the perspective of the United States.
There was irritation in the US after the Helsinki summit on the topic of Eastern Ukraine. The trigger was a statement by the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, who said that Putin and Trump were also discussing the possibility of a referendum in eastern Ukraine and that there were concrete proposals.
A spokesperson for the National Security Council in the US government then made clear that the US rejects the referendum that Russia has discussed.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova did not seem to attach much importance to the US State Department's official statement on Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. The nuclear agreement with Iran and the Paris Climate Agreement were also official US policy, wrote Sakharova on the page of the Foreign Ministry on Facebook. Then Trump decided otherwise. Russia knows the value of these "fateful explanations".
On the other hand, Ukraine welcomed the Crimea Declaration of the USA. "No one has the right to change the borders of a free and sovereign country," tweeted the Foreign Ministry. From the EU's point of view, the statement proves the strong and principled attitude of the US to the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. The EU does not recognize this annexation and will continue to sentence it, said an EU spokesman.
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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.