Hashtag Trending Oct. 20 – Apple employees strike; Starlink airplane internet; Ikea tests driverless deliveries

Apple store workers in Australia go on strike, Starlink is bringing faster internet to the skies, and Ikea is testing driverless deliveries.

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Workers at Apple stores in Australia went on strike for an hour as they demanded better pay and working conditions. According to Insider the Retail and Fast Food Workers’ Union announced on Tuesday that workers had walked off the job. Staff also refused to install screen protectors, repair AirPods and handle deliveries. These strikes come as workers ask for better, liveable wages and work-life balance. The push for unionization is global as workers across the U.S. also ramp up their own efforts for collective action amid soaring inflation and low wages.

Source: Business Insider

Starlink is bringing faster internet connection to the skies with a new service for airplanes. Starlink Aviation promises to bring impressive speeds in flights, up to 350 megabytes-per-second, beginning next year. According to Insider, SpaceX says the service will improve passengers’ experiences in gaming, streaming, and video calls. Rather than using the same satellite dish as other Starlink customers, airplanes will be equipped with a special, low-profile terminal. It will cost between $12,500 to $25,000 monthly on top of an initial hardware fee of $150,000.

Source: Business Insider

Ikea and Kodiak Robotics are teaming up to test driverless deliveries from its warehouses. Kodiak Truck, a company that’s working on self-driving technology for long-haul trucking, has been delivering furniture from an Ikea distribution center near Houston to a retail store near Dallas daily. The truck does have a backup driver behind the wheel who’s in charge of picking up the loaded trailer\, but it runs autonomously over long stretches on the highway during its 300-mile journey. According to Engadget, the furniture brand is hoping to have a better grasp of how autonomous deliveries can make long trips safer and create better working conditions for drivers.

Source: Engadget

Social media profiles and entertainment accounts are getting more and more popular in dark web marketplaces. As of now, the majority of darknet markets sell stolen identities. According to data by Atlas VPN, extracted from the dark web by Whizcase, between January and September, social media profiles were the most available, and prices for hijacked accounts can start as low as $6. The most costly hijacker social profile was LinkedIn, selling for about $45 per account. In addition, purchasing social media engagement is pretty cheap. For just $25, one could purchase 1,000 Twitter retweets from what appear to be authentic accounts.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada
Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected]

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