In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.
If Facebook were a conventional supply monopolist, it would be vertically integrating by, say, launching a rival media service to Fox News and then selectively amplifying its own content at the expense of outside rivals.
If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.
“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.
Newly installed California governor Gavin Newsom recently proposed an ambitious “data dividend” plan , whereby companies like Facebook or Google would pay their users a fraction of the revenue derived from the users’ data.
(If you already had Location History turned off, nothing changes.) Facebook will also be inserting a notice into your News Feed to alert you to the change and offering a link to manage settings.
"And often times these dating sites provide little to no security, as we have seen with breaches going back several years from these sites." Three's a Crowd OkCupid came under scrutiny this week after TechCrunch reported on Sunday that users have been dealing with a rise in hackers taking over accounts, then changing the account email address and password.
Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.
Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.
"Facebook has been a driving force in open source for years, sharing many critical pieces of technology with the broader community." Jim Zemlin, executive director, Linux Foundation "They went beyond just cloning what Google and Amazon did and innovate, they did something different," says Jonathan Ellis, who used Cassandra extensively as a Rackspace employee and went on to co-found DataStax, a company that supports Cassandra for corporate clients, in 2010.
"Nothing you do is being broadcast; rather, it is being shared with people who care about what you do—your friends." Days later, Zuckerberg backtracked in an open letter, saying, "We really messed this one up," and announcing new controls users would have over what stories populated their News Feeds.
(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.
"The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program—this was a mistake, and we apologize,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.
LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.
After the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of violating Facebook’s rules by harvesting and retaining data on tens of millions of users without their knowledge, Facebook banned nearly every app the company had ever touched, including some unaffiliated research apps that were associated with the University of Cambridge.
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Autodesk’s app converts the photo into a digital line drawing. Add layers using all the brushes, rulers, shapes, and curve tools you’d expect from the makers of AutoCAD. You get tools for drawing, inking, and coloring, and the app even helps with the tricky part: lettering.
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is building a platform called Solid , which will allow users to control which services access their data; Ocean Protocol , a decentralized exchange where people sell their data directly to AI businesses, has attracted tens of millions in VC funding while still in development.
Windows XP, released in 2001, featured multiple high-contrast themes and the option to change the color of the user interface, which allowed for a more natural appearance that isn’t much different than the few well-designed dark modes of today.
The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids For parents who want to better protect their progeny, a new crop of services offer rigorously vetted drivers who can babysit as well as drive.
And if you need any more indication that software will drive Roku’s future more than the hardware that powers it, look no further than the Roku Channel. Within a few weeks, the Roku Channel will not only host free, ad-supported content, but offer subscriptions to other streaming services as well.
But neither company has done much to address the persuasive design of those apps, or help people move beyond what was already possible to do by manually changing a few settings in your phone.In other words, Google and Apple used the banner of "digital wellness" to re-package tools that already existed, without changing much of anything about your phone."Time Well Spent was never about giving users features to set time limits on their phones, it was about changing the game from which companies compete," says Harris.
While a hacker gaining access to bank account numbers and unencrypted passwords would certainly qualify, privacy lawyers say that photos exposed through an API to developers seems like legitimately murkier territory."There’s a lot of anger and finger pointing and frustration about how do we still have security bugs and privacy bugs, and how are these things still happening?"Alex Rice, HackerOneMeanwhile, Facebook has yet to fully resolve the issue.
But Apple has also made it ridiculously difficult to find a list of apps you’re subscribed to if you’d like to unsubscribe.If you’ve decided that the coloring book app you subscribed to a while ago is no longer worth $5 per week or $10 per month, here’s what to do: Go into your iPhone’s settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store.
If you order the same coffee every day from the Philz Coffee app, Siri will suggest turning that routine into a simple, one-tap shortcut.No Shortcut to SuccessKeep in mind that some apps’ functions are more integrated with Shortcuts’ API than others.