WWDC 2020: Everything Apple just announced, ranked

Apple’s virtual WWDC conference was highlighted by a plan to transition the Mac to Apple processors over time, but much of the groundwork has already been laid with a redesigned Mac OS. There were also updates to iOS, iPad OS, and watchOS to ponder.

Here is everything announced in order of importance.

1. Apple silicon Mac available to developers

The first Mac based on Apple silicon is available to developers. The Developer Transition Kit consists of a Mac Mini packing an A12Z SoC processor with macOS Big Sur. These systems will be gobbled up as developers prep apps for the new world of Mac. Apple’s transition plan looks solid. Apple said:

“Apple Developer Program members can start moving their apps to Apple silicon today by applying for the Universal App Quick Start Program. The program provides access to documentation, forums support, beta versions of macOS Big Sur and

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C3.ai’s Digital Transformation Institute issues awards for data-driven COVID-19 research

C3.ai’s Digital Transformation Institute awarded $5.4 million to 26 researchers to apply artificial intelligence models to COVID-19 mitigation.

The research projects looked at COVID-19 as well as its impact on housing precarity, eviction and inequality as well as the role of social determinants on health and using data science to detect and understand transmission.

C3.ai’s Digital Transformation Institute (DTI) with partners University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the University of California, Berkeley and Microsoft requested papers in March. C3.ai DTI awards include access to the C3 AI Suite, Microsoft Azure compute and storage and data sources such as the C3.ai COVID-19 Data Lake.

“DTI’s mission is to attract the world’s leading scientists to join in a coordinated and innovative effort to advance digital transformation writ large,” said C3.ai CEO Tom Siebel.

By focusing on COVID-19, Siebel said scientists can provide real science and research to make better decisions. “Many

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TalkTalk targets teleworkers with business-grade broadband

With all indications that the new normal of masses of home workers will persist for the next year to 18 months at least, and could just be a permanent fixture, UK business-to-business (B2B) telecoms provider TalkTalk Business has introduced a B2B Homeworker Package, providing business-grade connectivity for employees working from home.

The UK telco said it introduced the offering due to a perceptible increase in customer interest and to support businesses looking to make a permanent switch to employee home working in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It quoted a forecast by Global Workplace Analytics predicting that 25-30% of the UK workforce is projected to be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021. Data-driven sectors such as finance, technology and IT are seen to have exhibited the greatest shift to remote working.

Other research has come to similar conclusions. A study by Xerox Holdings Corporation

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