Mystery Ends as Spain’s Ex-King Surfaces in United Arab Emirates

Apple will start supplying Mac parts to independent repair shops

Apple is finally loosening up its tightly-controlled repair program to allow independent repair shops to fix Macs.

The iPhone-maker — which until last year only allowed certain non-Apple partners access to company training and official parts — will provide training and official parts to a slew of smaller, independent shops as sales of its flagship computers have soared during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apple last month reported 21.6 percent growth in quarterly Mac sales, bringing its computer business to $7 billion as more people are working from home. That’s compared to a 7.3 percent uptick the previous year.

Apple’s shift in repair practices came after years of calls from right-to-repair groups who had criticized the company for, among other things, only providing genuine parts and training manuals to firms such as Best Buy that were to do warranty-related work on its devices. Smaller shops argued that program was too costly to join due to volume commitments.

The move means that independent repair shops will be offered official parts for out-of-warranty repairs at the same price offered to authorized service providers, which perform warranty work.

Apple last year began offering replacement iPhone parts to independent shops to ease heavy demand on it and its authorized partners to fix millions of cracked screens and fried charging ports.

With Post wires. 

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Montrose Beach Gathering: Chicago Mayor Takes Strong Exception

A fencing was erected at Montrose Beach in Chicago after people gathered in large number at a lakefront park on the North Side over the weekend.

After spotting hundreds of people flocking to Montrose Beach, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stern warning through social media.

“It’s called a pandemic, people. This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront. Don’t make us take steps backwards,” the mayor said on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday.

She posted a photo showing several semi-nude holidaymakers in their bath suits, many of them violating social distancing guidelines and without wearing face masks, moving around or relaxing on a grassy area near boat docks.

“In case you were wondering, I stopped by to see for myself. It’s being addressed,” Lightfood tweeted in a second message.

The Democrat Mayor reportedly visited the area with a photographer who captured scenes of the crowds on Saturday.

On Sunday, Chicago Park District authorities erected fencing in the area.

“The Chicago Park District installed fencing at Montrose Beach to deter large gatherings like those observed (Saturday). While the lakefront trail is open, Chicago’s beaches and parkland east of Lake Shore Drive remain closed under the Chicago Department of Public Health’s executive order,” the Chicago Tribune quoted a Park District spokeswoman as saying.

Police officers were stationed at barriers nearby to prevent individuals from accessing the lakefront at the beach, NBC Chicago reported.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens higher on China stimulus

Aug 17 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index opened higher on Monday, as more stimulus by China propped up material stocks.

* At 9:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 116.35 points, or 0.7%, at 16,630.96.

Stock Alert: Progenity Rises 8%

Shares of Progenity Inc. (PROG) are higher by more than 8 percent or $0.63 in Monday’s morning trade at $8.34 despite the biotechnology company reporting a wider loss for the second quarter.

Friday, Progenity reported that its second-quarter net loss attributable to common stockholders widened to $53.05 million or $6.11 per share from $16.41 million or $3.34 per share in the year-ago period. Revenue for the quarter fell to $17.27 million from $57.23 million in the year-ago period.

Progenity also said its affiliate lab, Avero Diagnostics, which offers molecular infectious disease testing, launched a COVID-19 molecular test to help service the widespread unmet need in the Southeast U.S., and is evaluating opportunities to offer the COVID-19 molecular test more broadly across the country.

Progenity has traded in a range of $7.63 to $15.92 in the past 52 weeks.

Mystery Ends as Spain’s Ex-King Surfaces in United Arab Emirates

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Former King of Spain Juan Carlos I is in the United Arab Emirates after leaving the country earlier this month, the Royal House said on Monday.

Juan Carlos has been in the U.A.E. since Aug. 3, a spokesman for the Royal House in Madrid said by phone Monday. The revelation brings to an end nearly two weeks of speculation about the whereabouts of the ex-head of state.

Juan Carlos, who abdicated the throne in 2014, revealed earlier this month that he was abandoning Spain in order to make it easier for his son King Felipe VI toexercise his duties. But in a letter to Felipe published on the Royal House website, he didn’t disclose where he was going, unleashing a wave of conjecture about his destination.

The ex-king has been plagued by legal problems, including a Swiss investigation into alleged payments he received from Middle Eastern royals. Juan Carlos remains available to answer questions from prosecutors, his lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Junco, said earlier this month when he announced plans to leave Spain.