European Union intends to legislate for universal phone charger

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Despite Apple’s complaints about the move, the EU intends to move forward with the requirement. At the end of last week, the European Union presented a legislative proposal that would require smartphones, tablets and headphones to all require a universal phone charger. This move is likely to have the largest impact on Apple, which is notorious for its proprietary cables. The iPhone is the smartphone most commonly associated with a proprietary charger, while rival devices typically use one of two different cable types at the moment. Most Android-based phones charge…

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Australian QR codes take the brunt of parent frustration

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Melbourne playgrounds have had their signs torn down and defaced in protest of city regulations. Playgrounds across Melbourne have had their signage featuring QR codes vandalized only a week after they were installed at the various locations. Vandals defaced the barcodes or tore them down altogether at parks throughout the city. According to reports, the majority of the damage to the signs with QR codes has been done by parents whose children use the playgrounds. The incidents were most pronounced in Melbourne suburbs, with the city’s Bayside City Council addressing…

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Germany seeks to require Apple to continue iPhone updates and repairs for 7 years

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The country is working through an environmental responsibility proposal to the European Union. The German government has submitted a new environmental responsibility proposal to the European Union in the hopes of requiring Apple to keep up iPhone updates and repairs for a minimum of seven years. This would mean that the company would need to keep providing security changes and spare parts. Furthermore, beyond the continued iPhone updates for security, Apple would be required to offer those spare parts “at a reasonable price,” if the Ministry of Economics in Germany…

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Police use of Australian QR code check-in system skyrockets controversy

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Police forces are seeking use of the quick response codes intended as COVID-19 contact tracing. Australia’s privacy watchdog has called for a ban on the use of QR code check-in data by police forces. Law enforcement agencies in the country have been seeking to obtain the data collected through the COVID-19 spread control system on at least six occasions in efforts to solve unrelated crimes. The QR code check-in system had already been controversial, but this trend spiked with the news. The privacy watchdog has been joined by civil liberties…

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Single Shanghai health QR code scan to replace current multiple barcode system

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Residents of the city will now be able to use one quick response barcode for all relevant purposes. Residents of Shanghai will soon be able to use a single QR code scan whenever entering public venues. The Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission has announced that the city’s health quick response barcode and transportation codes will be integrated. Currently, people living in the city have had to use different apps for various barcode scans. Shanghai locals have had to download different mobile apps to be able to perform the necessary QR code…

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