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Homeless Woman Was Living Inside Michigan Rooftop Store Sign With Computer and Coffee Maker

Homeless Woman Was Living Inside Michigan Rooftop Store Sign With Computer and Coffee Maker

[ad_1] Contractors curious about an extension cord on the roof of a Michigan grocery store made a startling discovery: A 34-year-old woman was living inside the business sign, with enough space for a computer, printer and coffee maker, police said. “She was homeless,” Officer Brennon Warren of the Midland Police Department said Thursday. “It’s a story that makes you scratch your head, just somebody living up in a sign.” The woman, whose name was not released, told police she had a job elsewhere but had been living inside the Family Fare sign for roughly a year, Warren said. She was found April 23. Midland, best known as the global home of Dow Inc., is 130 miles (209 kilometers) north of Detroit. The Family Fare store is in a retail strip with a triangle-shaped sign at the top of the building. The sign structure, probably 5 feet (1.5 meter) wide and 8 feet (2.4 meters) high, has a door and is accessible from the roof, Warren said. “There was some flooring that was laid down. A …

Ask Ottolenghi: what’s the best way to use and store spices? | Food

Ask Ottolenghi: what’s the best way to use and store spices? | Food

[ad_1] If you were an amateur cook (me), would you buy spices whole or ground? Would you keep them for a month or a year? And how would you use them? Add them at the beginning or mainly at the end? Merci beaucoup! François, Paris, France Bonjour! The short answer is: all of the above, not least because spices are so easily available, and a very economical way of adding layers of flavour to your cooking. At home, I buy spices in small jars or packets (though maybe larger bags in the case of cumin seeds, which I find very easy to get through). Wherever possible, buy spices whole, then toast and grind as you need them, which is by far the best way to get maximum fragrance and flavour out of them. Lightly toast in a dry frying pan or spread out on an oven tray and toast in a 170C (150C fan)/340F/gas 3½ oven, for seven to 10 minutes, depending on the spice. You don’t want them to take on much colour, just …

TikTok is avoiding Apple commissions for App Store purchases

TikTok is avoiding Apple commissions for App Store purchases

[ad_1] In 2020, Apple banned the popular video game Fortnite from the App Store. The game’s publisher, Epic Games, attempted to get around paying Apple its 30 percent commission for in-app purchases of the game’s V-Bucks currency. In response to Fortnite’s workaround that sent users outside of the App Store to make a purchase, Apple kicked the game out of the App Store. Fast forward to 2024 and it looks like TikTok has now deployed a similar tactic in its iOS app. The question now though: is TikTok breaking Apple’s rules? As first reported by TechCrunch, developer David Tesler shared screenshots on X on Tuesday showing that TikTok was urging users to purchase coins through the app, but not via Apple’s in-app store purchase system which would provide the iPhone-maker with a 30 percent commission. These screenshots show that TikTok is explicitly asking its users to make a purchase via its website, which it then sends users to within the app so that they can buy coins. Tweet may have been deleted “Try recharging on …

TikTok May Be Breaking App Store Rules by Avoiding Commissions on Tips

TikTok May Be Breaking App Store Rules by Avoiding Commissions on Tips

[ad_1] TikTok appears to be quietly showing some users an option to purchase “coins” on the web instead of through in-app purchases, circumventing the commission that Apple receives on digital purchases. As noted by David Tesler (via TechCrunch) TikTok has been offering a limited number of TikTok app users an option to purchase coins on TikTok.com instead of in the app. “Try recharging on tiktok.com to avoid in-app service fees,” reads the text. “You can save the service fee and get access to popular payment methods.” TikTok might get banned from the app store next week Why? It looks like they’re circumventing apple fee by directing users to purchase coins via external payment methods pic.twitter.com/VG8ihvsRmv — David Tesler (@getdavenow) April 30, 2024 Following through and opting to purchase from TikTok.com brings up an interface for using payment options such as PayPal or a credit/debit card. “Save around 25% with a lower third-party service fee,” the app suggests. The purchase workflow can be completed entirely in the TikTok app with no requirement to use in-app purchase. …

Screenshots suggest TikTok is circumventing Apple App Store commissions

Screenshots suggest TikTok is circumventing Apple App Store commissions

[ad_1] TikTok may be routing around the App Store to save money on commissions. According to new findings, the ByteDance-owned social video app is presenting some of its users with a link to a website for purchasing the coins used for tipping digital creators. Typically, these coins are bought via in-app purchase, which requires a 30% commission paid to Apple. The feature may be hidden from most users, either by design or because it’s only shown to users in a specific group, like testers or high spenders. In any event, those who do have access to the new option are seeing a screen that encourages them to “recharge” — that is, buy more coins — via tiktok.com. Although these screenshots were discovered within the iOS app by TechCrunch tipster David Tesler, it’s not clear how many TikTok users are seeing them or when or how they’re being shown. Tesler says the option to purchase via the web was displayed to an account that had previously purchased a large amount of coins. Image Credits: Screenshot from …

Google Play Store Isn’t Auto-Updating Apps? Try These Fixes

Google Play Store Isn’t Auto-Updating Apps? Try These Fixes

[ad_1] When the Play Store fails to update your apps automatically, you risk missing out on new features, security patches, and bug fixes. Fortunately, you can configure the Google Play Store to automatically update your apps with these steps. 1. Check Auto-Update Preferences in Play Store If the Play Store fails to update apps despite a working internet connection, you should first check the network preference for auto-updates. You can configure the Play Store to update apps automatically only over Wi-Fi or both Wi-Fi and mobile data. Here’s how: Tap the profile icon in the top-right corner of the Play Store. Select Settings from the list. Navigate to Network preferences > Auto-update apps. Select Over any network to allow the Play Store to update whenever a new update is available. If this option is already enabled, turn it off, wait a moment, and then turn it back on. The Google Play Store also lets you set auto-update preferences for each app. So, if a specific app isn’t updating automatically, navigate to its page on the …

‘Exciting’ discovery of material that can store greenhouse gases faster than trees | Climate News

‘Exciting’ discovery of material that can store greenhouse gases faster than trees | Climate News

[ad_1] Scientists have hailed the “exciting” discovery of a type of porous material that can store carbon dioxide. The material is made up of hollow cage-like molecules that have high storage capabilities for greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and sulphur hexafluoride – a more potent gas that can last thousands of years in the atmosphere. Dr Mark Little, who jointly led the research at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, said the discovery has the potential to “help solve society’s biggest challenges”. “Direct air capture of carbon dioxide is increasingly important because even when we stop emitting carbon dioxide, there’s still going to be a huge need to capture previous emissions that are already in the environment. “Planting trees is a very effective way to absorb carbon, but it’s very slow. So we need a human intervention – like human-made molecules – to capture greenhouse gases efficiently from the environment more quickly.” Greenhouse gases are one of the main factors responsible for causing global warming and climate change. They work like the walls of a greenhouse, …

Heat Wave in Gaza Challenges Pharmacists Ability to Store Medicine

Heat Wave in Gaza Challenges Pharmacists Ability to Store Medicine

[ad_1] A heat wave in the Gaza Strip this week, with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit the past few days, has not only made life intolerable for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people trying to rebuild their lives in tent cities but has made it hard for some businesses to operate. By Saturday, the heat had significantly eased and the forecast was for more moderate temperatures in coming days. But the recent highs offered a vision of what the summer most likely holds. “This hot weather is a challenge for us,” said Mohammed Fayyad, a displaced pharmacist who started selling medications from a tent he built out of wooden slabs, curtains and metal scraps at a camp for displaced people in Al-Mawasi. With no electricity or alternative sources of power, Mr. Fayyad, 32, said that he could not keep the medicines — which he buys from pharmacies that have had to shut down — stored at cool enough temperatures to keep them from being damaged. “Fifty percent of the medicines for chronic diseases …

Spotify and Apple Again Clash Over App Store Rules and Fees

Spotify and Apple Again Clash Over App Store Rules and Fees

[ad_1] Spotify has not been able to get Apple to approve an EU app update that added information on subscription pricing and links to the Spotify website, and it turns out that’s because Spotify has not agreed to the terms of Apple’s Music Streaming Services Entitlement. A recent antitrust ruling from the European Commission fined Apple nearly $2 billion and mandated that Apple “remove anti-steering provisions” for music apps in the European Economic Area (EEA). As a result, Apple updated its App Store rules with a Music Streaming Services Entitlement that allows music apps in the EEA to inform users of other ways to purchase digital music content or services and to add website links for purchasing digital music subscriptions. That might sound like a win for apps like Spotify, but Apple requires developers who use the entitlement to pay a 27 percent fee (reduced for subscriptions older than one year and for small businesses) on all website purchases referred by Apple. So if Spotify puts a link in its app and a user clicks …

Apple Watch Series 9 Now Available on Apple’s Refurbished Store in U.S.

Apple Watch Series 9 Now Available on Apple’s Refurbished Store in U.S.

[ad_1] Apple today began selling certified refurbished Apple Watch Series 9 models in the U.S. for the first time since the device was released in September. The refurbished Series 9 models are discounted by approximately 15% compared to the equivalent brand new models, with pricing starting at $339, down from $399. A variety of configurations are available as of writing. Apple says it puts all of its refurbished products through a thorough cleaning process and inspection, and performs full functionality testing. In general, refurbished products sold directly by Apple have a very good reputation. Like new Series 9 models sold directly by Apple in the U.S. currently, we expect that the Blood Oxygen app is deactivated on the refurbished models, due to a legal battle with medical technology company Masimo. Last year, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) banned Apple from importing and selling Apple Watch models with blood oxygen sensing after it ruled that the feature infringed on Masimo’s patents. Apple is appealing the decision, and could re-enable the Blood Oxygen app with a …