Coronavirus hits iPhone sales harder than expected in China

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Chinese government figures say Apple sold less than 500,000 iPhones in China during February. Apple has been thinking about and preparing for the effects of the novel coronavirus on its business for months now. The company has done what it could to keep manufacturing on track, but one thing it can’t control is Chinese consumers’ appetite for new iPhones when they’re either sick from or worried about COVID-19. Read Full Story

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There are now more coronavirus deaths and infections outside of China than inside

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The COVID-19 coronavirus has now infected at least 157 countries worldwide, with America ranking 8th in the number of infections and 7th in the number of deaths. Infections and deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus have reached a new high, reports The Guardian . According to data from the Johns Hopkins University and the Chinese National Health Commission there are now over 167,000 cases of the coronavirus worldwide. However, for the first time, the number of cases outside of China have surpassed those inside China. Read Full Story

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Apple has the cheap iPhone you’ve been waiting for in 2020

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The starting price will be $399, and it’ll ship on April 24, with preorders starting this Friday. After months of rumors , Apple has released a new version of the iPhone SE , filling in the cheap spot in the iPhone lineup formerly occupied by the 2016 version. The starting price will be $399—that’s $300 less than the iPhone 11—and it’ll ship on April 24, with preorders starting this Friday. Read Full Story

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Now Apple stores are closed ‘until further notice’ due to the coronavirus

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The change could be attributed to the fact that the Trump administration yesterday advised that people should avoid congregating in gatherings of more than 10 people. Last week Apple announced that its retail stores outside of China would be closed until March 27, in order to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. However, it now seems as if Apple has decided to keep its retail stores closed for an indefinite period of time. Read Full Story

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Hollywood has a growing China problem—but it won’t admit it

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After years of being awash in Chinese cash, the entertainment industry’s business with China has become more fraught. Is there a way out of this mess? Chris Fenton has been getting a lot of calls and emails lately from people in the entertainment industry. Fenton, after all, is a former talent agent and film executive turned Chinese film industry expert who wrote the new book Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA and American Business , so he knows a thing or two about Sino-Hollywood relations. Read Full Story

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Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event: When and where to watch the launch of the iPhone 12 today

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This iPhone launch event is more important for the company than recent events because the iPhone 12 series is supposed to represent a “supercycle” for the smartphone. If Apple events were holidays, today could be considered the Christmas Day of Apple Events. That’s because Apple is just hours away from announcing its new iPhone 12 series of phones—as well as, perhaps, some other surprises . Read Full Story

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Countries where everyone wore masks saw COVID death rates 100 times lower than projected

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Now that there is global data about where COVID is spreading, scientists can see the various factors that help mitigate its spread. The simplest and most effective: masks. When COVID-19 started to spread from China to other countries in late January, it seemed like Thailand—a popular destination for Chinese tourists, including thousands who had traveled from Wuhan that month—might be hit hard. But as of early June, the country has had only a little more than 3,000 confirmed cases and 58 deaths. In the U.S., the death rate per capita is more than 450 times greater. Read Full Story

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