Parler allowed back onto Apple’s app store

The app was accused of tolerating posts that incited the Jan 6 riots Credit: Bing Guan/Reuters How one of the UK’s brightest startups lost its rights to the Oxford vaccine Uber boss claims court defeat will help win driver race Get set for a post-Covid relationship boom, says Hinge boss Battle for rare earth minerals turns radioactive Sign up here for our daily technology newsletter The conservative social network Parler will be allowed back onto the iPhone app store after improving its ability to moderate hate speech, Apple has said. In a letter sent to the US Congress, Apple told Senators Ken Buck and Mike Lee that Parler had proposed sufficient improvements in policing its service to be approved once again. The smartphone giant said it stood by its decision to ban Parler on January 8 for repeated and “egregious” violations of its rules requiring apps to set up systems to remove “offensive content”. Apple, Amazon and Google all banned the app from their respective app stores and infrastructure services in January after the storming of the US Capitol, whose perpetrators often used Parler and in some cases live streamed their intrusion on the service. Apple said that its decision had not been coordinated with the other companies in any way. On March 31, @SenMikeLee and I sent a letter demanding answers about why Apple removed Parler from the App Store. �Today, we received a response: Parler will be reinstated on the App Store. Huge win for free speech. — Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 19, 2021 The letter said : “In the period since Apple removed the Parler app from the App Store, Apple’s app review team has engaged in substantial conversations with Parler in an effort to bring the Parler app into compliance with the guidelines and reinstate it in the App Store. “As a result of those conversations, Parler has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices, and the app review team has informed Parler as of April 14, 2021 that its proposed updated app will be approved for reinstatement to the App Store. “Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it.” Mr Buck hailed the decision as a “huge win for free speech”, while Mr Lee said that “conservative speech must not be silenced”. 7:02PM Good night Thanks for reading! That’s the end of our live blog; we’ll see you tomorrow from 7am. 5:47PM Apple allows Parler back in the game The conservative social network Parler will be allowed back onto Apple’s app store after improving its ability to moderate hate speech, according to a letter sent by Apple to Congress. According to CNN, the smartphone giant wrote back to Senators Mike Lee and Ken Buck telling them that the troubled social network “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices” sufficient to comply with its rules. Apple originally banned Parler in January in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol , many of whose perpetrators were heavy users. Both companies said Parler had broken their rules by not having a strong enough moderation system to deal with violence. 2:44PM The moment that six years of hard work paid off I love this! Ingenuity Project Manager MiMi Aung rips up contingency papers after first successful #MarsHelicopter flight is confirmed. Congratulations to the team for making history this morning by accomplishing something that has never been done before! — Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) April 19, 2021 2:11PM Key features of the Ingenuity helicopter Following its successful debut flight, Ingenuity will perform a series of test flights without real-time input from Mars Helicopter mission controllers. Here’s are some of its key features: – Weighs 4 pounds (1.8 kg) – Solar-powered and recharges on its own – Wireless communication system – Counter-rotating blades spin about 2,400 rpm – Equipped with computers, navigation sensors, and two cameras (one colour and one black-and-white) You can interact with a digital model of Ingenuity here . 1:42PM What next for Ingenuity? It is hoped that Ingenuity can pave the way for future flyers that transform our exploration of celestial bodies because they can reach areas that rovers can’t go, and travel much faster. “We don’t know exactly where Ingenuity will lead us, but today’s results indicate the sky – at least on Mars – may not be the limit,” said acting Nasa administrator Steve Jurczyk. The flight was challenging because of conditions vastly different from Earth’s – an atmosphere that has less than one percent the density of our own, and gravitational pull of only a third. The team will continue to receive and study data in the coming days, then formulate a plan for the second flight, which would be no earlier than April 22. “We will take a moment to celebrate our success and then take a cue from Orville and Wilbur regarding what to do next,” said lead engineer MiMi Aung. “History shows they got back to work – to learn as much as they could about their new aircraft – and so will we.” #NASA also says the site or “airfield” where #Ingenuity ’s first powered flight took place will be known as Wright Brothers Field, in homage to the men who took flight from Kitty Hawk in 1903. Next flight attempt NET Thursday, April 22. — Tyler Gray (@TylerG1998) April 19, 2021 1:14PM ‘A whole new way to explore the alien terrain in our solar system is now at our disposal’ Dr Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University, has said the Mars flight is an example of an “enormously challenging feat that we have mastered in our ongoing mission to explore our solar system and test possible new technology”. “Flying on Mars is so challenging because its atmosphere at ground level is only 1% of that on Earth, or as thin as it is on Earth at about 16km above sea level. So this is not the usual altitude for helicopters to fly on Earth, with the altitude record held at about 12.4km. It has to be ultra-light and rotate the rotas extremely fast. To add to this, it has to also fly autonomously as we are far too far away on Earth to control it directly. “The brief flight of less than a minute showed Ingenuity worked and NASA can now slowly extend on its operation. The technology tested in this Mars copter could allow additional support to survey the terrain for rovers and humans alike in the future. It could also access difficult to access cliffs that cannot be reached by rovers. A whole new way to explore the alien terrain in our solar system is now at our disposal.” 12:43PM Rover spots Ingenuity in flight The Twitter account for Nasa’s Perserverance Mars Rover has been posting about the huge achievement by the space agency, releasing a short clip of Ingenuity hovering in the air. You wouldn’t believe what I just saw. More images and video to come… #MarsHelicopter — NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) April 19, 2021 The ultra-light aircraft had been fixed to the belly of the Perseverance rover , which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18. Ingenuity had initially been feeding off the Perseverance’s power system but then had to start using its own battery to run a vital heater, which would protect its unshielded electrical components from freezing and cracking during the bitter Martian night. 12:29PM Why flying on Mars is a big deal Since the Apollo missions introduced rovers to the moon’s surface, surface exploration has remained at ground-level. Over time, drone flights could allow exploration of inaccessible, rocky terrain or to scan cliffs and other geological features too treacherous for a rover—or humans. Nasa began concept testing its off-world aviation experiment back in 2014, and has conducted extensive vacuum chamber-testing to understand the complexity of flight on Mars, where it’s a bit chilly by terrestrial standards, dipping to -130F (-90C) at night. But Ingenuity is only the beginning. The agency’s Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s moon Titan is scheduled for a 2027 launch, with arrival about eight years later. The larger rotorcraft will fly more than 100 miles on the icy moon, collecting samples at multiple locations. While Titan’s nitrogen-heavy, complex atmosphere will be an easier place to fly than Mars when it comes to aerodynamics, methane rain and super extreme cold of -290F (-179C) will present their own challenges. Ingenuity and its progeny must be largely autonomous given the lag in communications from Earth, which is 180 million miles away. Toward that end, Nasa found itself purchasing two $750 commercial chipsets for drone flights developed by Qualcomm, since the platform offered the helicopter more robust computing with low power usage than Nasa’s existing technology. “This is a historic moment—first flight off planet earth,” said Dev Singh, a Qualcomm general manager who oversees drones and robotics. “This is just a beginning.” 12:10PM In pictures: […]

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