Spotify Launches Video Podcasts Worldwide; Apple-100% Carbon Neutral Supply Chain by 2030; Samsung Will Drop 5 Devices at August 5th Unpacked; Microsoft Cuts LinkedIn Jobs

Spotify has launched video podcasts worldwide. Techcrunch.com reports that this new feature will allow both free users and paid subscribers to view video content from a select group of creator podcasts. In a move to differentiate from YouTube, all users…not just paid subscribers…will be able to listen to the video content in the background while doing other things on their device. Spotify says its users will all be able to moves seamlessly between the video version and audio. Podcasts available now include Book of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits Podcast, H3 Podcast, The Morning Toast, Higher Learning with Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay, and The Rooster Teeth Podcast. If you don’t see them available now, you should soon..it is a rolling start.

Apple has been 100% carbon neutral for a couple years now, but is looking to go beyond that. According to 9to5mac.com, Apple is committing to a 100% carbon neutral supply chain by 2030. Cupertino started in on greening its supply chain in 2015. Apple has said that carbon removal programs will be a part of this, which they admit isn’t the same as not generating it in the first place…but it’s still a giant move towards a greener future they they hope other manufacturers will emulate.

Prognosticators now think Samsung will unveil 5 devices at Unpacked on August 5th. Engadget.com says it looks like 3 new phones…Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Plus, and Note 20 Ultra. In addition, they are expected to show a pair of true wireless headphones named Galaxy Buds Live, and a new smartwatch.

Microsoft is cutting about 960 LinkedIn jobs, amounting to 6% of the workforce there. According to zdnet.com, a lot of the cuts are due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on demand for hiring. Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in 2016, but has mainly taken a hands-off approach to the division. LinkedIn will continue to migrate all its workloads to Microsoft’s Azure over the next few years.



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