The Daily Populous

Thursday January 13rd, 2022 evening edition

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The software giant originally discontinued the Xbox One X and digital Xbox One S ahead of the Xbox Series X launch, then quietly stopped manufacturing the Xbox One S at the end of 2020, leaving retailers to sell out their remaining stock.

“To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” says Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing, in a statement to The Verge.

Sony has confirmed PS4 production is still ongoing, amid struggles by both Microsoft and Sony to meet demand for their latest Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles.

Microsoft seems able to meet demand for the $299 Xbox Series S, though.

At the time of publishing, the Xbox Series S is in stock at both Amazon in the UK and Best Buy in the US.

Speaking just after the launch of the Xbox Series X / S in 2020, Xbox chief Phil Spencer told The Verge that the company had built more Xbox Series X consoles than Series S, but that ultimately the lower price point of the Series S would win out.

That’s a key reason for why we’re seeing steady Xbox Series S stock, alongside Microsoft’s decision to quietly discontinue the Xbox One S in favor of its next-gen consoles. »

‘The economy cannot stay open’: Omicron’s effects ricochet across US

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Omicron may cause milder symptoms in some people, but its effects are ricocheting throughout America and creating some of the greatest challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The economy cannot stay open and schools cannot stay open when so many people are getting sick,” said Margaret Thornton, an educational researcher at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

“This administration has said they prioritize schools because of the economy, in order to get parents back to work. »

Texas schools ask parents to become substitute teachers amid COVID surge

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The Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) in Kyle is asking parents to consider applying to become a substitute teacher as coronavirus continues to surge across Texas.

But, if the principal knows them and recommends them, the school district can waive the requirement that they have at least 30 college hours.

"We will have a number of teachers and other school staff on hand to help our new parent subs. »

Lawsuit aiming to break up Facebook group Meta can go ahead, US court rules

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However, Judge James Boasberg said on Tuesday that the FTC’s revised lawsuit should be allowed to proceed.

“Ultimately, whether the FTC will be able to prove its case and prevail at summary judgment and trial is anyone’s guess.

The FTC originally sued Facebook during the Trump administration, and its complaint was rejected by the court in June last year. »

Workers at nearly 80 Kroger's King Soopers go on strike as talks stall

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Jan 12 (Reuters) - More than 8,000 workers at nearly 80 King Soopers stores went on strike for better wages on Wednesday as negotiations stalled, but the stores stayed open as the Kroger Co-owned (KR.N) Colorado chain hired temporary staff and promoted online ordering.

The striking workers are employed at King Soopers stores in the Denver metropolitan area, Boulder, Parker and Broomfield cities of Colorado, among others.

At King Soopers, workers have sought an increase in wages of at least $6 per hour for all. »