Briefly informed: Distance learning, iCloud, Amazon, Firefox
Distance education is unproductive, study finds
Comprehensive work gave distance education a poor rating during the Corona crisis. Researchers at Goethe University in Frankfurt looked at data from around the world – the result is sobering: “The average skill development during school closings in spring 2020 can be described as stagnation with a tendency to lose. skills and is therefore in the range of the effects of summer vacation, ”explained Prof. Andreas Frey, one of the authors of the study. The loss of skills among children and adolescents from poor families is particularly serious. However, there are also early indications that the effects of late school closings from winter on need not be so drastic: In the meantime, online education has improved in many places.
Apple deletes iCloud backups without warning
Apple’s backups in iCloud are convenient: they are performed automatically and, among other things, allow you to easily switch to a new device and copy old data to it. The problem: such backups are by no means safe forever and Apple does not notify them when they are about to be deleted. Because Apple automatically deletes iCloud backups after 180 days if you don’t use the backup feature. There are currently only two solutions to the problem: you can redo backups within 180 days or you can use the option to perform a local backup.
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Verdi calls for strike at Amazon
The Verdi union called on workers in seven German shipping centers of the US group Amazon to stop working from Monday to Wednesday. The occasion is the company’s so-called “Prime Day” on June 21-22, when it advertises with special offers. The union has criticized Amazon for years for rejecting collective agreements. It calls for the recognition of collective agreements in the retail trade and mail order business as well as for the negotiation of a collective agreement for “good and healthy work”.
Firefox tests ads on the home page
Firefox is getting new places for advertising. Ads called Sponsored Shortcuts or Sponsored Tiles appear on the home page when you open a new tab. This is still an experimental function which can also be deactivated. Individual tiles can also be deleted. Behind the three-dot menu in the upper right corner are the options to delete the ad, open it in a new window or private window, and learn more about the sponsor and your own privacy.
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