If you’re like many of us, Tuesday’s Apple Event was inspiring. Seeing the new devices and operating systems in action is enough to make just about anyone excited. If you’ve ever considered becoming an iOS developer, today’s the day to get started as we have The Complete iOS SDK Development Course on sale for $12.99.Read More
A new Data Privacy Regulation study of 1,020 Americans by ExpressVPN, a VPN provider, shows that 47% of Americans think the U.S. government should break up big tech like Facebook and Google in order to reduce their influence and power. Democrats were more in favor of the idea, with 52% supporting break ups, compared to 46% of Republicans.Read More
AppleInsider reports that Apple has stopped Facebook from being able to use its internal apps by revoking its enterprise developer certificates following reports that the social network ignored guidelines relating to user privacy by distributing apps outside the app store. Plus it paid users to install the spyware.Read More
According to the Financial Times (a subscription is required to read the article), Apple has hired Sandy Parakilas, a critic of privacy practices at Facebook, to serve as a product manager on its privacy team. His job will be to work with teams throughout Apple to ensure new products guard privacy and minimize data collection.Read More
We have a few short and sweet notes for you today, with two of them being about a new and improved password management API in iOS 12:
Password Autofill in iOS 12 is going to make it possible for third-party password managers like 1Password, Dashlane and LastPass to work seamlessly with QuickType for super-fast password entry
iOS 12 is also adding the ability to share passwords with others through the use of AirDrop
Facebook confesses to a problem last month that affects about 14 million users; some of their private posts were made public
Still grandfathered into the original AT&T unlimited data plan? AT&T is going to raise your rates next month from $40 to $45.
Some 56% of Americans said they trusted Facebook least with their personal information out of all major tech companies, according to a joint SurveyMonkey/Recode poll. Respondents were asked to choose among Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Snap and Uber.Read More
Facebook has been under a lot of scrutiny lately because of the disclosure that data gathered by a Facebook app was used by Cambridge Analytica to target political advertisements. In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying to Congress today on the entire situation... Was your personal data used by Cambridge Analytica? There's a very easy way to find out.Read More
On today's News Update podcast, we give you three stories that deal with Apple competitors Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. Please note that the podcast will be on spring break until March 14.
- Facebook is testing a new feature that could make it easier to post your status to your News Feed: something called Voice Clips. It lets users record short audio clips that friends and family can then listen to.
- Amazon's Alexa digital assistant went mute for a while today after a data center issue caused a regional outage of Amazon Web Services
- Apple's wonderful accessibility features for the vision impaired and blind received a boost today from Microsoft with the Redmond, Washington company's new Soundscape app for iPhone
This Thursday afternoon we have a variety of short news items for your listening pleasure:
- Apple will require developers to support the iPhone X starting in April 2018 for all new apps submitted to the App Store
- One character in India's Telugu language is crashing message apps in iOS 11, and a fix is on the way soon
- Getting an Apple HomePod? You might want to get a Pad & Quill HomePod Coaster first!
- Google Maps for iOS receives a handy update that speeds access to many features
- Facebook is entering the smart speaker market later this year
I don't entirely trust Facebook, but it does offer social media opportunities for businesses such as mine and is a great way to keep up with folks. If you're a constant FB user, you should check out Current, which turns Facebook into a native app on your Mac desktop (you must be running macOS 10.10 or higher).Read More
Happy Monday! We're back with new from the world of Apple. Here's what we have for the Apple World Today News Update podcast today:
- Are you an iPhone Upgrade Program member who wants to order an iPhone X this Friday? You can get pre-approved for the phone now using the Apple Store app, leaving just the final push of the button early Friday morning
- FBI Director Christopher Wray isn't happy that the FBI hasn't been able to get encrypted information from 6,900 mobile devices over the past 11 months
- Facebook Messenger adds another new feature; the ability to manage your TD Ameritrade stock portfolio from the app