“Called Screenwise Meter, the iOS and Android app gave users who opted into Google’s Opinion Rewards program gift cards in exchange for tracking their internet usage data. The iOS version of the app relied on Apple’s enterprise program, which allows for the distribution of apps with special privileges to be used only by a company’s employees. The app has now been disabled on iOS, though it’s still available on Google’s Play Store. ”
Source : Google disables app that monitored iPhone usage in violation of Apple’s rules – The Verge
“No such luck with the iPhone X, though. Apple’s investment in its tech – which saw the company work with a Hollywood studio to create realistic masks to test Face ID – has clearly paid off. It was impossible to break in with the model. Microsoft appeared to have done a fine job too. It’s new Windows Hello facial recognition also didn’t accept the fake head as real. Little surprise the two most valuable companies in the world offer the best security.”
Source : We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A 3D-Printed Head
“Definers’s focus on Mr. Cook extended to a campaign it ran to promote the Apple chief as a 2020 presidential candidate. A slick website titled “Draft Tim Cook 2020” had digital links to Definers employees, said Kyle Ehmke, a cybersecurity researcher for the firm ThreatConnect.”
Source : How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech – The New York Times
“Le 13 novembre 2018, la Commission de la concurrence a ouvert une enquête contre plusieurs instituts financiers suisses. L’objet de la procédure concerne des soupçons de boycott des solutions de paiement mobile d’offreurs internationaux comme Apple Pay et Samsung Pay.”
Source : La Comco ouvre une enquête contre des instituts financiers suisses
“Modern technology has led to the creation of a “data-industrial complex” in which private and everyday information is “weaponized against us with military efficiency. Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies. Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or crazy.” – Tim Cook
Source : Tim Cook data privacy speech: Apple CEO calls for comprehensive data laws in America – The Verge
“Collectively, the Big Five tech firms — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google — lost $172 billion in value over the span of a few hours on Wednesday, amid a broad slump in the market. That’s about the same amount as Toyota’s entire market capitalization — and it’s equivalent to the dollar value of the entire gross domestic product of Algeria. In terms of value lost, Amazon was the big loser of the group. Its shares fell 6% on Wednesday, vaporizing $56 billion of its market capitalization. Apple was next; it lost nearly $51 billion on a 4.6% fall — an amount $6 billion greater than the entire value of General Motors”.
Source : Tech gets demolished: The 5 hottest tech stocks just lost $172 billion in market value
“Et Apple alors ? Eh bien Apple ne conserve pas vos conversations. Elles sont traitées et supprimées. Cela signifie que vous n’avez pas d’historique”.
Source : Google Home, Amazon Echo : comment effacer tout ce que vous avez dit à votre assistant personnel – Tech – Numerama
“An idle Android device communicates with Google nearly 10 times more frequently as an Apple device communicates with Apple servers. These results highlighted the fact that Android and Chrome platforms are critical vehicles for Google’s data collection. Again, these experiments were done on stationary phones with no user interactions. If you actually use your phone the information collection increases with Google”.
“In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google”.
Source : Google Data Collection research – Digital Content Next
“The spike in popularity comes after a number of major platforms dropped Infowars this week on the grounds that the show’s conspiracy theories violate community guidelines. Yesterday, Apple pulled five of Jones’ six Infowars-branded podcasts from its Podcasts app. Since then, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and others have all taken steps to remove Jones’ content from their platforms. Previously, the Alex Jones Channel had more than 2.5 million subscribers.
Following these removals, the Infowars app was flooded with five-star reviews championing the idea of free speech, with titles like “Infowars WILL NOT be silenced.””
Source : Apple and Google haven’t banned Infowars apps, and their downloads are booming – The Verge