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Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 6: Pfizer Says Antiviral Pill is Highly Effective Against Covid

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 6: Pfizer Says Antiviral Pill is Highly Effective Against Covid

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer reported that its antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 was found in a clinical trial to be 89% effective at preventing severe illness among at-risk individuals who received the medication as soon as they displayed symptoms.
The new drug, known as a protease inhibitor, is designed to block an enzyme the virus needs in order to multiply. When taken alongside a low dose of another antiviral pill called ritonavir, …

Apple Unveils New MacBooks, AirPods, and $5 Music Service

At what ostensibly was part two of the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced two new MacBooks, new AirPods, and a $5 music-streaming service.
The new MacBook Pro laptops, which come equipped with 14” and 16” displays, are powered by new Apple silicon.  They address many of the complaints customers have had about the current MacBook lineup until now by restoring several connectors including the MagSafe power connector that had …

Siri Now Works Without an Internet Connection – Here’s How to Use It

Siri, the Apple digital assistant, now processes audio on-device by default in iOS 15, the mobile operating system released earlier in the week.
Processing audio inputs on the device makes using Siri more private, Apple says.
Offline Siri is only available on iPhones and iPads with the Apple A12 Bionic chip or later and this includes the iPhone XS, SR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 smartphones including Pro and Max …

Apple Unveils New iPhone 13, Smartwatch, and Tablets

At what’s become the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced several new iPhones and a new Apple Watch.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook last year was able to welcome the line of high-speed, 5G-capable iPhones and a new design, this year’s batch of iPhones has a more vibrant screen, improved cameras, faster microprocessors, and a larger, longer-lasting battery as well as the new A15 Bionic microprocessor.
The Apple Watch 7 has …

Apple Releases Emergency Security Updates for Its Operating Systems

Apple Releases Emergency Security Updates for Its Operating Systems

Apple issued emergency software patches for its line of operating systems on Monday after researchers uncovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install invasive spyware on Macs, iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads  without so much as a click by the user.
The spyware, created by Israel’s NGO Group, a hacker-for-hire company, is capable of eavesdropping or stealing data from any of these devices once installed.
The move came after …

Hit Broadway Musical ‘Come From Away’ to Make Debut on Apple TV+ on Sept. 10

A filmed version of “Come from Away,” the hit Broadway musical starring Jenn Collela, will be available on Apple TV+ starting September 10.
The show tells the story of what happened when the “plane people” arrived in Gander on September 11, 2011 after terrorists used four airplanes to launch attacks against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and presumably the White House or U.S. Capitol.
U.S. airspace – for the first time …

Delta Air Lines to Deploy Apple iPads to 12,000 Pilots

Delta Air Lines to Deploy Apple iPads to 12,000 Pilots

Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that it plans to equip its pilots with new iPads.
The pilots will soon start to receive new iPad Pro tablets powered by Apple’s new M1 microprocessor and come equipped with support for 5G.
The new iPads are an upgrade to the current tablet used as pilot electronic flight bags.
Delta isn’t the first airline to deploy iPhones or iPads to crew members.  In June, American announced plans …