WatchApple to pull the plug on iTunes after 18 years of downloads

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple Inc on Monday launched a “Sign In With Apple” function to rival Facebook and Google web login accounts, drawing a contrast with rivals by stressing protection of users’ information.Apple will also tighten controls on location tracking. When users sign in with their Google or Facebook Inc profiles to third-party apps, the apps often share valuable data with Google and Facebook, a practice that Apple is looking to stop. Apple said it created a system to let users generate a random, unique email to use with each app so that users do not have to reveal their real email address.The company, meanwhile, retired the iTunes app for the Mac. Originally introduced in 2001 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as a way to load songs onto the then-new iPod, iTunes became sprawling over the years, letting users manage music and movies as well as handle backups and updates to iPhones and iPads. Apple said it will replace iTunes with standalone apps for music, video content and podcasts. Alphabet just dropped almost 7% on report that U.S. is mulling antitrust probe Jim Balsillie : ‘Data is not the new oil – it’s the new plutonium’ Apple unveils a new iPod Touch — the first update in four years Apple delivered the announcements to app developers who descended on San Jose, California, for the annual developer conference. Apple’s App Store is a key driver of the iPhone maker’s services segment, which brought in US$37.1 billion in revenue last year.Apple takes a cut of sales from apps sold through the store, though that practice is under scrutiny in several legal proceedings.Investors are looking to Apple’s services business to power revenue and profits as iPhone sales decline. Revenue from the company’s signature device had its biggest-year-over year drop in Apple’s most recent quarter.But the company still sold more than 10 times as many iPhones and iPads as it did Mac computers last year, so many developers focus on writing their apps for them rather than the Mac.Apple announced an update of the Mac Pro, a US$6,000-and-up high-powered machine intended for professional users such as movie editors, with pricy add-ons such as a US$1,000 monitor stand. The Mac Pro has never sold in great numbers but the device is important to Apple’s image as a technology leader and in courting the creative professionals who Jobs won over. Microsoft Corp has targeted the same users with its Surface Studio computers.The annual developer conference is occurring against the backdrop of increased scrutiny of Apple’s practices and those of other tech companies.Two sources told Reuters the U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential antitrust probe of Apple as part of a broader review of technology companies. The department’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks to give the Justice Department jurisdiction to undertake a potential antitrust probe of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed an antitrust lawsuit to proceed from users who allege Apple inflated app prices by not allowing iPhones to download them outside the App Store.Spotify Technology SA, whose music service competes with Apple’s, has lodged an antitrust complaint in Europe over Apple’s App Store practices.The next version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 13, will make it faster to download and open apps.Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced at the conference new tools that will make it easier for developers to put their apps on Macs without completely rewriting the code. Federighi said developers could take an existing iPad app and check a box to get a “tremendous head start” in building the same app for a Mac.“This means one development team, for the first time, can build a single app that can span all the way from iPhone to iPad to Mac,” he said on stage.The move could broaden the apps available for Macs and give Apple more chances to make money on apps for its longest-lived product line. Apple will also update its operating systems and apps at the annual conference.Apple said its AppleTV operating system will work with Microsoft Xbox and Sony Corp PlayStation video game controllers, and said that users of its Apple Watch will be able to buy apps directly from the Watch.It also introduced a system that would let users encrypt home security camera footage with an iPad or HomePod before sending it to Apple’s cloud so that Apple will not be able to view the video once it is stored in the cloud.It also introduced an app for women to track their menstrual cycle, which will work on both the Watch and on iPhones. An app for measuring noise can warn Watch users their surroundings are too loud, but Apple noted it will not collect user recordings.Apple shares were down 1.5 per cent toward the end of the livestreamed developers conference.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

Brocks family tree grows more limbs

With more than 70,000 Brock alumni, it’s no coincidence that there are many for whom Brock is a family affair. Calling Brock home is quite natural for Shannon Gill (BBA ’95, BA ’00), the University’s Annual Fund manager. Nine members of her clan have attended Brock for their post-secondary education, and for some, it’s been a journey of multiple and diverse interests.It started with Jim Lennard (BPhEd ’78), Gill’s cousin, who came to Brock to study physical education in 1978. He chose Brock for reasons that brought many of us to campus: the excellent program, small class sizes and the “family like” environment. After graduation, he successfully applied his degree as a high school physical education teacher. After moving to teach in elementary schools, Lennard discovered his other side of the brain – playwriting. What began as writing for school productions led Lennard to the discovery of a passionate hobby and talent.The next family member to come to Brock was Marlene Burden (BA ’88) – Gill’s aunt. Burden was determined to become a teacher and Brock was a natural choice for her. In 1988, she received her diploma in Psychology and Education.Gill and her sister, Linda Ismailos (BA ’90) were next to attend Brock.“I came here for various events while I was growing up,” said Gill. She frequently participated in dance recitals and theatre productions on campus, performing for elementary and high school productions. It was no surprise when the two sisters came to Brock to pursue their degrees in business administration and psychology.Ismailos met her future husband at Brock — Emmanuel Ismailos (BSc ’88), a computer science major. The two exchanged vows a few years later, becoming one of Brock’s numerous “alumni sweethearts.” Following her sister’s graduation, Gill started her four-year business program with a concentration in human resources.Time passed and both sisters came back to Brock: Ismailos for a bachelor degree and master’s in Education and Gill for a degree that engaged the “other side” of her brain: theatre. This was not at all surprising. As students, Ismailos and Gill were highly involved in various clubs and organizations, which made their University experiences special.While taking special interest courses at Brock, Gill met her spouse, Roy Dallmann, in one of Brock’s small seminars. A graduate of the University of Waterloo in mathematics, Dallmann chose Brock to pursue his second degree because of Brock’s unique program in Bachelor of Arts in History and Great Books/Liberal Studies. Starting this September, Dallmann will pursue his education degree with the goal of becoming a high school math and history teacher.Kimberly Rivers (BA ’98), Gill’s cousin, came to Brock for her philosophy degree in 1994. The younger generation is keeping up with the family tradition as well – Jason and Jacquelynne Lennard, Jim Lennard’s nephew and niece, are currently enrolled at Brock,  enjoying campus life and their own experiences.With nine Brock alumni over two generations, Gill’s family reunions are filled with Brock stories.“As the family tradition continues,” said Gill, “I’m sure there will be more of us to call Brock home.”It’s no surprise that generations of families have chosen to come to Brock and we want to get to know them. Does your family have more than three members who’ve attended Brock? Describe your Brock family tree and enter to win a prize package that includes a family portrait on Brock’s campus, VIP tickets to alumni events and a special event on campus for your family. Every member counts, whether it’s your aunt, your cousin or an in-law.For more details on this contest — “The Brock Family Contest” — as well as several others, visit Brock Alumni Relation’s contest web page. read more

Reduced Shaw tickets for Brock employees

The Brock community is being offered during the month of May.The Shaw promotion lets faculty and staff purchase $39 tickets for all May performances of Major Barbara, Our Betters, Lady Windermere’s Fan, or Peace In Our Time: A Comedy. Seats for the musical Guys and Dolls are $49 each. Prices do not include HST. Normal prices range from $50 to $75.Each ticket includes a free wine-tasting voucher for Peller Estates and Trius Winery at Hillebrand, a $28 value per couple.Some conditions apply. For full information or to book tickets, call 1-800-511-7429 and quote code 13247. View the flyer.

Truck being investigated by MTO

We have heard how the accident on the Skyway Bridge has affected traffic and caused structural damage. But how did this happen? Even if the driver was allegedly impaired, how is it possible to drive a dump trailer with the bed up?I’ve been told that this is more common than people think and that with just a few simple mistakes the dump box can easily rise. However the manager I spoke with today told me the driver of the truck that went into the bridge would have had enough warning signs to tell him that something was wrong.District Manager Jim Campbell says you start up the dump truck after completing an inspection of the outside. Campbell says doing a standard check is crucial before every drive”If he did his pre-trip inspection and made sure everything was functioning correctly or if when he got into the cab, the type of vehicle he had probably had controls at the side of the seats he would have been able to see the moment he got in the vehicle that something was not correct.”There are a few important components. the tailgate button, the tarp to make sure it is attached to the box and finally the power take off or PTO gage. The PTO activates the pump while the vehicle is in neutral to raise up the box. “As long as they shut the PTO off. The box is going up in the air again. That’s how easy it happens”Campbell has said the 34-year old truck driver should have been able to feel the difference while he was driving: “You actually feel the weight and the way the truck handles acceleration and deceleration, it’s all together different”And even if he couldn’t feel anything wrong, Campbell says the different warning lights and buzzers should have alerted him.Campbell said today that if the warning lights or gages weren’t working in the vehicle it would have been considered out of service. This means the driver would have been operating a dump truck that is unfit for the roads and this would be another legal issue all together. read more

WatchRestaurant Brands announces Working Together plan to improve Tim Hortons

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced a plan to improve customer experience and improve sales at its Tim Hortons operations as it reported better-than-expected financial results, despite what it called soft results at the coffee shop chain.Details of the plan were not immediately available, but chief executive Daniel Schwartz says he believed the “Winning Together” plan would help improve profitability for the company’s restaurant owners.Tim Hortons’ reputational hit could hurt sales, says BMO, downgrading stock‘Business suicide’: Civil war erupts between Tim Hortons franchiseesTim Hortons has fallen out of favour with Canadians, new survey suggestsRestaurant Brands has been feuding with a group of its Tim Hortons franchisee owners over a number of items including cost-cutting measures, cash register outages and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up its restaurants.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, earned US$147.8 million or 59 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31. That compared with a profit of $50.2 million or 21 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.25 billion, up from $1 billion in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands, which also owns Burger King and Popeyes, says it earned 66 cents per share for the quarter, up from 36 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 56 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. read more

WatchOncehot housing markets Toronto and Vancouvers luxury home sales are falling But

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press In the Greater Toronto Area, luxury sales dipped two per cent year-over-year to 1,497 units sold. Sales of properties with a price tag of more than $4 million dropped the most — 38 per cent to 20 units sold — partly due to a lack of supply and partly because privacy-conscious homeowners shifted to exclusive and off-market transactions in light of a recent ruling permitting broader real estate sales data disclosures.Sotheby’s expects the top-tier market to remain sound in the area through the spring.Luxury sales continued to fall in Calgary, where 62 properties over $1 million dollars sold in the first two months of 2019. That’s down 33 per cent from the previous year when 92 units sold in that timeframe.The condo market continues to see oversupply, Sotheby’s said, and it projects that segment will experience challenges into the spring. It expects the conventional real estate market to stabilize this year, but said the transition will likely take most of 2019.Montreal, on the other hand, is on pace to set new record in the spring, Sotheby’s said.Sales of luxury properties rose six per cent year-over-year for January and February, with 111 units sold in 2019. Sotheby’s anticipates bidding wars, sales above asking price and shorter days on market will persist through the spring. Luxury home sales fell in the two formerly hot housing markets of Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Calgary, in the first couple months of the new year, according to data released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.That downward trend, however, stopped at Montreal, a new real estate darling that’s likely to set new records this year.“All markets in Canada have faced the same headwinds from interest rates and stress testing,” said CEO Brad Henderson, citing the new stress test, which requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates rise above a certain threshold, that came into effect January 2018. The winners and losers of Canada’s luxury housing market in 2019 Luxury home sales fall in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary in 2018: Sotheby’s It’s not just Vancouver: Property market slump goes global, jolting cities from Hong Kong to Sydney However, Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia have faced additional policy measures, he said, listing off a five per cent hike in the foreign buyers’ tax, as well as a speculation and vacancy tax, and an additional school tax on properties valued at more than $3 million.“It is a considerable amount of taxation on real estate all designed to try and affect a soft landing,” said Henderson.“Well, I don’t think it was completely a soft landing, but it was certainly not a catastrophic landing.”Real estate figures have shown a downward trend in prices and sales activity in Vancouver recently that many have attributed to the new measures.In January and February, 279 properties sold with a price tag of over $1 million, according to Sotheby’s data. That’s down 52 per cent compared to the same two months in 2018 when 576 such properties sold.Vancouver’s “previously resilient condo market” experienced the greatest decline in sales activity of properties over $1 million with 86 units sold — down 66 per cent from 254 units sold in January and February 2018.A crane is seen at a condo development under construction as condo and office towers fill the downtown skyline in Vancouver. The city continues to be entrenched in a buyer’s market, the real estate brand said in its report.However, Henderson said Sotheby’s staff have noted more buyer interest at open houses, and there’s strong signals that buyers and sellers who have been waiting on the sidelines will re-enter the market in the spring contingent on whether prices decline to match current buyers’ market realities.“We believe that there’s a closer alignment between buyers and sellers in terms of what prices are,” he said, noting prices in Vancouver have already fallen to more attractive levels.“Hopefully the governments are going to resist the temptation to add additional policy measures,” he said, “because they could bring about the exact thing they’re trying to avoid, which is a significant correction in the marketplace.”The Toronto market, he said, seems to have adjusted to new interest rates and tax measures that include it.The market there is reacting in a more normal fashion, he said, though he noted the city’s severe winter likely kept many potential househunters away from open houses.Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says luxury home sales fell in three of Canada’s major cities over the first couple months of the year, but rose in Montreal, which is set to break records in 2019. read more