This ex-Apple designer has a simple solution to make cloth masks more effective

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With just a few rubber bands, you give a surgical mask a much tighter—and safer—fit. Until recently, Sabrina Paseman worked at Apple as a mechanical engineer for products such as the MacBook Pro. Now, she and an ex-Apple marketer are trying to tackle a completely different problem: the global shortage of N95 masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Full Story

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Wearing a mask? Apple will soon make Face ID less annoying if you want to unlock your iPhone

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The next iOS beta lets you skip Face ID and head straight to passcode entry. Apple is making a slight tweak to the process of unlocking newer iPhones with a mask on. Although Face ID is still unusable while wearing a mask, the latest beta version of iOS 13 jumps directly to the passcode screen if you swipe up while your face is covered, 9to5Mac reports . Read Full Story

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Ex-Apple designer to launch a product that competes with Apple itself

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Christopher Stringer worked on many of Apple’s biggest hits. Now, he’s getting ready to release a new series of smart speakers that could compete with Apple HomePod and Sonos. Christopher Stringer was a designer at Ideo, who helped create Dell’s hit ’90s design language, before he got the call from Jony Ive in 1995 to join Apple. Stringer went on to become a key figure in one of the most influential industrial design teams in history, launching dozens of products from PowerBooks to the iPhone. Read Full Story

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Ex-Apple engineer: Apple’s ‘Privacy Nutrition Labels’ have a fatal flaw

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The company’s latest attempt to protect people’s privacy should give users verified information, not a false sense of security. With the recent release of iOS 14, Apple enabled a new feature called “App Privacy” (or what they call Privacy Nutrition Labels ) in the App Store, which supposedly shows users what information apps collect, and how it’s used. For example, the Facebook app’s extremely long App Privacy section, which details all the information they collect, is already the subject of viral tweets such as this one: Read Full Story

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Mask loose? This simple fix can make it fit

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The device fits over your mask to create a tighter seal, better protecting yourself and others. Months into the pandemic, many hospitals are still facing shortages of N95 masks. For the rest of us, the masks that are available—especially the surgical masks that are most effective at preventing the spread of the virus—often don’t quite fit. But a simple new add-on could help correct that. Read Full Story

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Hey engineers: These 4 COVID-19 volunteer projects need your skills

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Hospitals need masks and ventilators. Small businesses need to change how they operate. If you’re versed in hardware engineering or web development, you can help. Engineers at Apple recently helped develop an adjustable face shield to protect healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. By the end of this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said yesterday , the company expects to have shipped 1 million of the shields. Read Full Story

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