Samsung, Apple switch AGM voting and annual developers conferences online

Big tech firms will be putting their digital capacities to the test in the next few weeks as employees switch to working from home and social distancing measures.

Samsung Electronics has adopted electronic voting for the first time for this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday March 18.

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The move is part of a strategy to help curb coronavirus by allowing shareholders to vote online up to Tuesday March 17.

The AGM is due to take place in Suwon, 18 miles south of Seoul, the largest metropolis in South Korea.

After taking on advice from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Samsung said shareholders with symptoms or those who have visited high-risk regions would be encouraged to vote electronically.

The shareholders’ meeting will be equipped with thermal cameras and contactless thermometers, and shareholders with fever or cough symptoms may be restricted from entering.

Samsung added that those with a fever at the scene will be directed to a location away from the main hall, the website said.

On Friday Apple also announced it would move its annual worldwide developers conference entirely online.

Originally planned to take place in San Jose, California and scheduled for June, Apple cited the “current health situation” as the reason for moving it to the internet.

The company said in a statement that it would commit $1 million to local San Jose organisations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of the new online format.

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