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Soon, you might be able to unlock your MacBook with your iPhone

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Passwords are a nuisance — especially in a world that constantly demands us to remember a dozen (or several dozen) different ones. One way to alleviate the issue is to use one unlocked device to automatically unlock other devices — for example, an Apple Watch can be set to automatically unlock when your iPhone in its vicinity. 

According to a report by MacRumors, Apple is working on bringing similar functionality to the MacBook, letting users unlock the computer by scanning their finger on their iPhone’s Touch ID. 

The details on how, exactly, the feature would work are fuzzy. In the simplest of scenarios, while your unlocked iPhone is near your MacBook, the MacBook will stay unlocked. An Apple Watch-MacBook combo could work in a similar way as well. An app called Knock provides similar functionality, but it requires an app to be installed both on the Watch and the MacBook. 

According to the report, the new functionality might appear in the next version of OS X, 10.12. 

Of course, a more obvious way to let users unlock their MacBooks with a finger scan would be to simply include a fingerprint scanner on the next-generation MacBooks. The company patented the technology years ago, but there’s no solid indication it will be implemented any time soon. 

On Wednesday, Macrumors also reported that Apple’s voice assistant Siri…

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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