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Apple on Tuesday announced a new App Store Connect feature that allows developers to assign tax categories to apps and in-app purchases.
Announced in a post to Apple’s developer website, the feature addition streamlines the tax collection process for app makers.
Depending on local laws, content creators, distributors and merchants must pay varying tax rates on sold digital goods and services. Apple administers tax on behalf of developers in 64 of the 175 territories where the App Store is available, though the company needs additional information to properly assess fees.
With tax categories in App Store Connect, developers can assign apps to categories like videos, books, news publications and more, enabling Apple to determine which tax regulations apply in each territory.
Developers can access the new feature in the Pricing and Availability section of App Store Connect, which displays a list of categories that might apply to a given app or in-app purchase. Apple notes that in-app purchases can be managed separately.
Once saved, category selections will be applied to future transactions. A summary of assessed taxes will be provided in a developer’s Transaction Tax report a full month after settings are configured.
Apps that are not assigned to a to the tax categories section will be given the same tax rate used by the current App Store software category.
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Wanna squad up in Pokémon Unite? Here’s how
Pokémon Unite is a new 5-v-5 free-to-play MOBA on the Nintendo Switch. In this multiplayer Pokémon game, players choose from one of 20 Pokémon and battle it against one another. And what better way to celebrate a hard-fought victory than with your friends? Playing Pokémon Unite with friends is the best way to play, but playing with friends on the Nintendo Switch isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is possible. Here’s how to invite your friends to a play in Pokemon Unite.
How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch
Inviting friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch is pretty simple.
- First, go ahead and exchange friend codes with the person you want to invite.
- Open Pokémon Unite.
At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.
Select one of the plus signs around your character or press the Y button to open up your friends list.
Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.
Then select Invite Friends.
All your friend has to do at this point is accept the invitation.
How to invite players using a Lobby ID
If you want to play with someone you’re not friends with, you can still invite them to your game without adding their friend code.
- Start Pokémon Unite.
- At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.
At the top left of the screen, you’ll see a Lobby ID. Share that ID with whoever you’d like.
That’s all it takes. The player joining just has to input the Lobby ID into the Lobby Search option of the main menu.
How to invite cross-platform players
Pokemon Unite is available on the Switch but will come to iOS and Android in September. You won’t need their friend code to invite them, but you’ll need to share your Trainer ID.
- Start Pokémon Unite.
At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.
- Share the code at the bottom of the screen to add your cross-platform friend.
We’ll have to put this to the test once the iOS and Android versions release this September.
Unite for the fight
Pokémon Unite is a great multiplayer game, made even better when you’re playing with friends. It also has a surprising amount of depth, so be sure to check out our Pokémon tier list to figure out who is the best Pokémon for your play style. And while you’re at it, check out all of the free gifts available for Pokémon Unite now. Coordinate with friends and claim victory!
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Explained: History of IPCC, the international body that reviews climate change effects-World News , Firstpost
The body meets next week to vet and validate a summary of part one of its first major assessment in seven years.
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) compiles comprehensive reviews of scientific literature on climate change, past and future.
The body meets next week to vet and validate a summary of part one of its first major assessment in seven years. Here’s a thumbnail profile of the panel.
The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Environment Programme (UNEP).
Its mandate is to give policymakers neutral, science-based updates about global warming — physical science, climate impacts, and scenarios for bringing the problem under control. Providing explicit policy recommendations is not part of its mandate.
An intergovernmental body, the IPCC currently counts 195 member countries.
Based in Geneva, the panel is chaired by South Korea’s Hoesung Lee, an expert on the economics of climate change.
Its reports are compiled by thousands of atmospheric scientists, climate modellers, oceanographers, ice specialists, economists and public health experts, mostly drawn from universities and research institutes. They work on a volunteer basis.
The IPCC does not conduct new research but trawls through thousands of published studies and summarises key findings, indicating degrees of likelihood and confidence.
It is often described as the biggest peer-review exercise in the world.
Every five or six years the IPCC produces vast overviews, typically several thousand pages long. The first came out in 1990, the most recent in 2014.
Three separate teams, or “working groups”, look at the physical science of global warming, climate change impacts and options for tackling the problem. Each working group’s report is published separately, followed by a final “synthesis report”.
The sixth assessment cycle, like those before it, will produce reports in four instalments: working group one’s findings will be made public on August 9; working group two’s in February 2022; working group three’s in March 2022; and a final synthesis in the autumn of 2022.
Summary for policymakers
The IPCC concludes each review with a crucial summary for policymakers that undergoes multiple rounds of editing, first by scientists and then by government officials.
The last draft is submitted to an IPCC plenary, which vets it line-by-line before approval by consensus.
Governments can seek amendments to the summary, which are approved if the argument is supported by what is in the underlying report written by the scientists.
Member nations can request so-called “special reports” between major assessments. Since 2014, there have been three.
A special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius came out in October 2018; one on land use, agriculture and food security in August 2019; and another on oceans and Earth’s frozen regions, known as the cryosphere, in September 2019.
Nobel prize & critics
Defenders of the IPCC say that its exhaustive work, and a summary for policymakers endorsed by the world’s governments, give it exceptional clout.
“It’s unique in science, and it’s uniquely powerful in science,” Peter Thorne, a lead author of the sixth assessment and a professor at Maynooth University in Ireland, told AFP.
“There is no other field that has for decades undertaken such a robust assessment process.”
Its 2014 report provided the scientific underpinning for the landmark Paris Agreement, inked outside the French capital in 2015.
The 2007 edition earned the IPCC a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside former US vice president and climate campaigner Al Gore.
The IPCC’s image was later dented by several minor errors uncovered in the report that provided ammunition for sceptics who claim the IPCC is flawed or biased.
More recently, some scientists have said the panel is too conservative, leading it to underestimate the climate change threat.
The last published report, for example, did not factor in potential contribution to sea-level rise — widely recognised today — from melting ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland.
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