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Apple's new iPhone SE: Impressions while in isolation | Venture - Daily Hive
The new iPhone SE provides a more condensed Apple product and experience.
Device provided by Apple Canada. Apples newest addition to the iPhone SE lineup of secondary devices is a masked avenger for everyday smartphone consumers. While many simpler phones in the past take what the flagship devices offer and completely back down the specs, the iPhone SE 2020 comes to the table with the gloriously fast A13 Bionic chipset that is found in the top-of-the-line Apple phones. Touted as the fastest chip in any smartphone, the A13 Bionic plays right into Apples bread and butter: the speed of their mobile devices. A more streamlined operating system, and less to fuss about with, has lent to their success over the decades. This A13 Bionic chip spoils users, giving them lightning-fast responsiveness, and nearly instantaneous app launching. Its enough to make you second guess using other devices. Better yet, this is a budget phone, primarily aimed at pleasing non-technical folks. So youve been given the keys to a street racing supercar, but all you ever drive for is a daily commute, and a grocery trip or two. Whats the point? Its easy to look at the guts of this device and say, This market doesnt need any of this, but youd be denying the simple truth that with ultimate processing comes an easier flow. Sure, the iPhone SE market may do a whole lot more day-to-day things on their mobile devices when compared to tech-heads or photographers and the like, but all of those things are made far easier when youve got nothing to internally slow down the process. The only problem with all of the power in the iPhone SE 2020 is that theres not the normal mountain of tools to use it. Sometimes it feels like Ive got that spectacular supercar engine in a family-inspired minivan, and just puttering around on autopilot waiting for something brilliant to happen. Apple has brought back the beloved original iPhone SE design and tossed out the full-front edge-to-edge touch display used in their mainline devices. It may seem like a step in the opposite direction of design trends for modern phones, but there is a lot of adoration out there for the layout and aesthetics of the iPhone SE. A classic feel to the boxed-off display in the new iPhone SE / Daily Hive The boxed feel on the front of the device can oftentimes make you certain youre holding a phone made five or six years ago. That is, until you launch a premiere Apple Arcade game and youre playing a smooth, visually stunning, and high-performance video game without the phone even blinking. As a tech aficionado and a critic, our current global climate poses some interesting hurdles when it comes to taking a piece of technology, as mobile as the iPhone SE, out for a test-drive. However, being that its a smartphone designed for the every-person, there are plenty of things from dusk until dawn that are vastly improved by this phone residing within arms reach. Capturing and connecting Weve been staring a lot more lately. Whether it be loved ones, roommates, insects, or pets, people all over the world are spending a lot more time within the vicinity of those living beings around their house. While the iPhone SE 2020 doesnt have the secondary Ultra-Wide lens from the iPhone 11, or the Tele-photo (third) lens of the 11 Pro, the SE has the very same 12MP Wide-Angle base camera found in both of those previously mentioned premium devices. Video captured using the iPhone SE quick capture shortcut with auto image stabilization. (Daily Hive) Pound-for-pound, the camera is decent. Its a tad soft in places, and the optical zoom can get rough without the perfect lighting, but for an everyday phone to have an above-par single lens is extraordinary. Especially when it comes to the slow-motion video capture, and built-in image stabilization for filming. Regardless of the power and quality of the camera, its the software — like the built-in stabilization — that revolutionizes the capturing of moments. With the latest operating system update, the iPhone camera application makes going from a locked phone to taking pictures a task that spans a matter of seconds. Without even unlocking the device, you can swipe left to pull up the camera. Capture moments in mere seconds with a quick-launch camera app and swipe capture. (Daily Hive) Better yet, from the standstill of the basic camera function (single photo mode), you can tap and drag the capture button to the left for burst photo captures, or drag it to the right to instantly start recording a video. Its these tools that help keep those magical moments that may happen around your home from going unseen. Is your dog making a funny face? Burst photo capture and select from all the gathered frames the perfect one to express your mood. About to take your lawnmower off a sweet (but relatively safe) jump? Start recording a video within seconds. Swiss Army Phone Playing the same game as many smartphones available today, the easiest way to describe the usefulness of an iPhone is that you can pretty much use them to improve everyday things. Whether it be setting timers for laundry, ordering essentials from the internet, or having an in-kitchen assistant, the iPhone SE is one of the nicest and most affordable brand-name smartphones on the market. Throughout my day, I use the iPhone SE for many things. However, nothing beats the portable screen-and-Siri combo in the kitchen. Without having to rinse your hands or touch the phone at all, Apple’s built-in voice assistant can find you the right answers to your kitchen questions, bring up ingredients, or best of all convert measurements. Using Siri to improve your kitchen activity will change your life. (Daily Hive) Being the every-person’s version of a brand new iPhone, the SE 2020 model comes in swinging as an essential partner in your life. Without the frills and premiere features of the more expensive models, this phone has the potential to be far more widely accepted, adopted, and usable. — Notable perks beyond the standard array of applications and integration are things like a free year of Apple TV+ subscription with the activation of a new phone, and thanks to the internal guts of the iPhone SE 2020, users can also run Apple Arcade games (like A Fold Apart) without any issue whatsoever. I never thought that a pared-down device would be something that could be easily pitched to people. We techies really love the latest and greatest. However, my bias truly shone while having hands-on time with the iPhone SE 2020, and it’s vastly realized integration into my day-to-day life. At times, it feels like the selling features of the iPhone SE 2020 are the direct result of laziness — taking extra parts from their flagship devices and slapping them in this — but it all works out for the better. Instead of getting a roughed-up and dumbed-down version of a modern iPhone, the new iPhone SE simply provides a more condensed Apple product and experience. This, in its theory, makes it the perfect phone for everyone. Perhaps Apple should front-and-center the iPhone SE lineup and pitch the more premium products to a more niche audience.
Another Kensington eatery is closing its doors after a decade of operation | Dished - Daily Hive
But, the owners have something new coming...?
Some more big restaurant news from Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood today. After a decade of operation, Brasserie Kensington has announced it will be closing its doors. While Brasserie owners Cam Dobranski and Jacqueline Warrell will be shuttering this current concept, they teased that they are not keeping the 100-1131 Kensington Road doors closed for long. The duo announced they have “something new up their sleeves” and it will be coming to Calgarians in June. Folks can expect a new look, concept, and menu in Brasserie’s place. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the eatery are released. Until then, you can still enjoy Brasserie’s takeout menu until Saturday, May 23, which will be this spot’s final day of service as you know it now. At this rate, it seems Kensington will be a different place when it comes to food and beverage post-pandemic. The neighbourhood has lost several loved local spots recently including the Midtown Kitchen & Bar and The Oak Tree Tavern, which closed after eight years of business.
Shopify's plans for a new Vancouver office with 1000 employees in doubt | Urbanized - Daily Hive
The company is shifting to a permanent work-from-home model.
Plans for Shopify’s new major office in downtown Vancouver could be up in the air, after the e-commerce company signalled on Thursday it will transition into a permanent work-from-home model, even after COVID-19. Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify, announced the new direction in a series of tweets, stating that Shopify is now a “digital by default company” and “office centricity is over.” “Until recently, work happened in the office. Weve always had some people remote, but they used the internet as a bridge to the office. This will reverse now,” he wrote. “The future of the office is to act as an on-ramp to the same digital workplace that you can access from your work-from-home setup. This means that the work experience should be the same for everyone who works together at Shopify no matter where they are working from.” Meetings will continue to be conducted virtually, and employees will use the “best digital communications tools to work together.” All of its offices will remain closed until 2021 to rework these workspaces for the company’s “new reality.” After this, most of the employees will work remotely. This direction creates some uncertainty for Shopify’s new Vancouver office, scheduled to open in late 2020. In January, Shopify announced its plans for the new office, occupying over 70,000 sq. ft. across four levels of Four Bentall Centre at 1055 Dunsmuir Street. At the time, this was described as a custom-designed space “where employees will thrive.” This was deemed as a research and development hub for the company, with a focus on software development. The office would employ up to 1,000 people, with positions such as backend developers, data engineers, mobile developers, web developers, product designers, and product managers. They said their investment in Vancouver “will create jobs, support our local merchants, partners and community organizations.” In a statement to Daily Hive, Brittany Forsyth, the Chief Talent Officer of Spotify, said the company is committed to retaining its recruiting hubs at its current and future Canadian markets, and other global locations. “Digital by default is the mental model well use to transform our ways of working, so we can match the ingenuity and creativity were seeing our merchants exhibit as they adapt,” she said. A Shopify spokesperson also added they are drawing from the experiences of their support team and others who have worked from home this way for years. The office locations will remain closed until at least next year to allow for a redesign of their office spaces. The company already has a smaller local presence at Three Bentall Centre at 595 Burrard Street. “COVID is challenging us all to work together in new ways. We choose to jump in the drivers seat, instead of being passengers to the changes ahead. We cannot go back to the way things were. This isnt a choice; this is the future,” wrote Lutke. Shopify is headquartered in Ottawa, and has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Waterloo, San Francisco, Berlin, Vilnius, Shenzhen, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangalore, London, New York City, and Stockholm. It employs over 5,000 people worldwide. It recorded revenues of nearly $1.6 billion in 2019. In 2018, the company announced it was investing as much as $500 million to open a new 254,000-sq-ft office at The Well in downtown Toronto. It was slated to open in 2022. Another new office location is located near this hub.
International air travel may not return to normal until 2023: report | Mapped - Daily Hive
Consumer confidence in air travel is one of the most significant factors.
Air travel may not recover as quickly as we would like, according to recent analysis shared by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which outlines that the damage incurred by the COVID-19 global pandemic may extend to 2023. Long-haul travel in particular is likely to be the most significantly impacted. In a report published by IATA, the organization anticipates that the recovery of the travel industry will be led by domestic endeavours to begin with, with passenger numbers not climbing back to their normal state until at least 2023. “Global GDP growth is expected to fall by around 5% this year, before rebounding and returning to its 2019 level in 2021,” the report explains. “To put this decline into context, it is around 4x larger than that of the global financial crisis, where world GDP fell by 1.3% in 2009.” To place this in a travel-oriented context, the anticipated decrease in the volume of air passengers (measured by Revenue Passenger Kilometres RPKs) is substantially more severe, with a decline of roughly 50% this year. To simplify, an RPK is an airline industry measurement that determines the number of kilometres travelled by paying passengers. “The recovery is such that a return to the level of 2019 does not occur until 2023, taking around two years longer than global GDP,” the report states. It continues that there are several reasons why RPKs are likely to take longer to recover in the broader scope of the global economy. At the forefront, consumer confidence in air travel remains one of the most significant factors. Given the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, it will likely take time for customers to feel comfortable travelling again, even as governments continue to lift border lockdowns and other health and safety measures. As well, following a lockdown in the second quarter of the fiscal year, IATA anticipates domestic and short-haul air travel markets to begin recovery over the course of Q3. However, long-haul markets will take more time to recover. “Domestic RPKs are expected to decline by around 40% this year, whileinternational RPKs are likely to decline by around 60%,” the report explains. “As a consequence, we expect the average trip length will decline sharply this year, by around 8.5%, before gradually recovering thereafter.” Of course, some variables may change, and there is undoubtedly a level of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the anticipated recovery metrics and predictions in terms of economic activity and the volume of passengers utilizing air transport. “The impacts of the crisis on long-haul travel will be much more severe and of a longer duration than what is expected in domestic markets,” Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of IATA, said in a press release. “This makes globally agreed and implemented biosecurity standards for the travel process all the more critical. We have a small window to avoid the consequences of uncoordinated unilateral measures that marked the post-9.11 period. We must act fast.” de Juniac continues that quarantine measures upon arrival in different countries will further facilitate distrust and shaky confidence that passengers feel regarding air travel. In a recent survey conducted by IATA, according to the press release, 69% of travellers disclosed that they would not consider travelling if it meant that they would have to quarantine for 14-days once they arrived. “To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” de Juniac stated. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle. And it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.” According to de Juniac, IATA proposes a stacking of temporary non-quarantine protocols until a vaccine is developed as well as “immunity passports” or “nearly instant” coronavirus testing available at scale. The organization believes that a universal “risk-based layered approach” will be crucial for the recovery and reopening of the air travel industry. Measures included in this approach would consist of preventing travel for those who present coronavirus-related symptoms by issuing temperature screenings and other procedures. It would also address the hazards surrounding asymptomatic travellers by having governments institute a “robust system of health declarations and vigorous contact tracing.” Overall, IATA’s data shows that challenging times remain ahead for the travel industry with a multitude of factors at the industry as well as global governmental levels that will likely extend beyond this immediate crisis period.
BC Attorney General says ICBC in "challenging position" during pandemic | Urbanized - Daily Hive
"It is too early to determine whether the pandemic will result in benefits to drivers."
A review of ICBCs financial situation since the start of the provincial state of emergency shows both positive and negative financial impacts on the insurer’s bottom line, BC Attorney General David Eby said on Thursday. And with “almost no capital reserves to withstand fluctuations and volatility” in the markets, Eby said it is “too early” to determine whether the pandemic will result in benefits to pass on to drivers. ICBC is in a challenging position due to the pandemic, faced with uncertain and unprecedented turmoil in the markets, combined with no financial buffer as a result of the old governments mismanagement, said Eby. There are more than 10 months to go in the fiscal year and many unknowns, but if ICBCs bottom line ends up better than expected, any surplus will be used to benefit BC drivers.” In the meantime, said Eby, “were focused on supporting people through payment deferrals and making it easier for people to cancel or change their insurance, and on bringing in Enhanced Care coverage next year to save people an average of $400 on their insurance. Eby stressed that if ICBCs net income results are better than forecast for 2020-21, any additional net income will benefit customers, and any decisions on the use of additional net income of ICBC for the year due to lower claims resulting from the pandemic will be made at the end of the fiscal year. Options could include rebuilding the financial capital health of ICBC to reduce longer-term pressure on rates, providing a one-time direct relief to customers or any combination thereof. ICBCs report on the impacts of COVID-19 examined a period of about six weeks after the provincial state of emergency was declared and people were advised to stay home (March 15 to May 2). It found that over that time, ICBC opened 46% fewer accident claims (including claims for both damages to vehicles and for injuries) compared to the same time last year, with an average weekly reduction of 7,200 claims. This drop in the number of claims amounts to approximately $158 million in savings for ICBC. The report also found that over 150,000 customers changed their insurance policies by cancelling their policy, or lowering their rate class, resulting in a projected $283-million decline in written insurance premiums compared to what would normally be received for that period. ICBC has also seen a decrease in the value of its investment portfolio due to the unprecedented downturn in the financial markets, putting pressure on its bottom line, said Eby. ICBC waiving cancellation and re-plating fees alone during the pandemic has saved customers around $5 million, and we will continue to work with those drivers facing financial hardship, said ICBC president and CEO Nicolas Jimenez. Were committed to delivering essential services and ensuring the safety of our customers, employees and partners.” And given these “uncertain times,” he continued, “we have a responsibility to consider many factors when making long-term decisions that could adversely affect ICBCs bottom line — and customers insurance premiums — in the future.