Microsoft lets workers work from home forever; IBM’s big move; iPhone 12 details leaked

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Microsoft allows staff to work remotely on a permanent basis

Microsoft has announced that staff will have the option to work from home permanently, should their manager approve it.

Some staff will also be able to work from home part-time, without manager approval being required.

“Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention — guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual work styles and business needs while living our culture,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

The shift to remote work has been prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic and has seen other bigger corporations, such as Facebook and Twitter, announce similar moves.

IBM moves focus to cloud computing

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IBM will break off a $19 billion part of its business in order to focus on cloud computing solutions.

The company has announced that it will spin off its managed infrastructure services into a new company and the separation is expected to be completed by late 2021.

The new company is temporarily named NewCo and will focus on managed infrastructure services, leaving IBM to focus on cloud platforms and artificial intelligence solutions – the company’s top two focus areas for growth.

iPhone 12 details leaked ahead of announcement

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Details about the new iPhone 12 have reportedly been leaked, ahead of the Apple event this week.

As it has happened in the past, leaker Kang has predicted four new iPhone models to be announced this week. They also say Apple will announce a new HomePod mini smart speaker.

According to the leaker, Apple will this week unveil an iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 12, as well as an iPhone 12 Pro and an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

All phones in the lineup will have 5G capabilities, Kang says.

The leaker also predicts Apple will announce a new wireless “MagSafe” charger.

Kang has reliable leaked Apple information in the past, however, none of this information has been confirmed by Apple. Customers will have to wait for the official event this week for the big news.

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