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TikTok’s epic rise and stumble

TikTok’s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of how TikTok grew from what some considered another “copycat” short video app to global dominance and eventually became a target of the U.S. government. 2012-2017: The emergence of TikTok These years were a period of fast growth for ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company behind TikTok. Originally launched in Chin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, Entertainment, Navy, California, Washington, Government, China, America, Tech, Walmart


This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


Facebook just launched a new app named E.gg where users can create 'personalized spaces' that look like Tumblr pages

Facebook's new app is named "E.gg," and is described as a "digital zine creator." Facebook Facebook has a new app called E.gg that allows users to create personalized websites.  E.gg is described as a "digital zine creator," and was introduced with a similarly ancient reference: websites circa 1999. It's goal is broad: to "give creative control back to people" and to "create a low-pressure space for the really unpolished and mismatched things" that the early days of the internet embodi...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Trends, App Store, Egg, Facebook Facebook, Edison Research, Geocities, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, NPE, Facebook E


This Week in Apps: Conservative apps surge, Instagram redesigned, TikTok gets ghosted

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, China, Nigeria, Time, Disney, US, Samsung, Tech


TV Bits: ‘Halo’, ‘Jeopardy!’, ‘Prison Break’, ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 3, ‘The Shrink Next Door’, and More

In this edition of TV Bits: Check out a new photo from Showtime’s long-awaited Halo TV series Do you qualify for a free month of Disney+? Find out here One actor will not return for more Prison Break Here’s the immediate plan for upcoming Jeopardy! episodes Narcos: Mexico season 3 character details revealed The great Kathryn Hahn has joined the cast of an upcoming show And more! Let’s start things off with a bit of a bittersweet note. Longtime Jeopardy! host and TV icon Alex Trebek died...
Tags: Apple, Television, Movies, Instagram, Mexico, Halo, Disney, America, Fox, Showtime, Nba, Bill Murray, Luis Gerardo Mendez, DEA, Bob, Jeopardy


After getting the date wrong earlier, Siri now knows today is Election Day

Listen chief, it’s Election Day in the United States. You know that, I know that. Everyone knows that — and in the off-chance anyone wasn’t clued in to the fact, the last few weeks have offered a non-stop barrage of reminders to vote. Today. Tuesday. November 3. 2020. It seems the last one to find out, however, was Siri . If you happened to greet Apple’s smart assistant with a “Happy Election Day” earlier today, it may well have answered that the big day isn’t until November 8, as pointed o...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Instagram, Siri, Tech, United States, Election, Lucas Matney, 2020 Election, Kirsten Korosec Apple


Stay Vigilant and VOTE – BONUS Episode 13 of Rants & Randomness

Today is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Election Day in the United States. The last day to cast a vote in this crazy-ass election in the dumpster fire year that is 2020. Voting is really important. And I am assuming that if you listen to this podcast and if you’re part of LuvvNation, you are somebody who has sense, which means you’re not going to vote for Habanero Hitler. I’m hoping that if you early voted, but if you didn’t, make sure you listen in to this quick bonus episode of Rants & Random...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, Politics, Instagram, United States, Humor, State Legislatures, Habanero Hitler, Polls Washington Post


Moment launches variety of iPhone 12 MagSafe cases and photography mounts

MagSafe on the iPhone 12 isn't all that enticing, until you start to get accessories like the cases and mounts Moment just announced.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Photography, News, Trends, Moment, Apple Iphone 12, Magsafe For Iphone


Facebook App's Dark Mode Rollout on iOS Finally Gathers Pace

After months of delay and stop-start testing, Dark Mode for Facebook finally appears to be rolling out for iOS users globally, over 400 days since Apple first introduced the feature in iOS 13. Evidence that Facebook has been working on a ‌Dark Mode‌ for its official app first surfaced in April, and by June a small percentage of users had access to the setting, which hinted that the company was gradually rolling out the feature for testing purposes. However, propagation has been glacially sl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Facebook, Jane Manchun Wong


This Week in Apps: Facebook Gaming skips iOS, TikTok goes shopping, Apple One bundles arrive

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, China, India, Samsung, Tech, ExxonMobil, Walmart, Bloomberg


CS Interview: Mark Webber & Teresa Palmer on The Place of No Words

Mark Webber & Teresa Palmer Discuss The Place of No Words If you’re looking for a genuinely moving, heartfelt movie experience, check out Mark Webber’s The Place of No Words, a film that toes the line between fantasy and reality as it reflects on life, death and everything in-between. The film is now available to purchase or rent on streaming platforms and to commemorate the occasion, ComingSoon.net sat down with Webber (who also stars in the film) and co-star Teressa Palmer, who discussed t...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Instagram, Wales, Interview, Features, Candyland, Palmer, Sarah, Mark Webber, Gretel, Mark, North Wales, Bodhi, Isaac, Henson


Key takeaways from Facebook’s earnings call: Ad revenues grow despite boycott, WhatsApp integration into messaging ecosystem imminent

Facebook managed to post record revenues in spite of the significant criticism it has faced all over the world, including in the form of ad boycotts in its home country. Revenue was up 22% through the quarter ended September 30, 2020 at $21.47 billion, while net income increased 29% to $7.85 billion year-over-year. The company also announced that it is considering integrating WhatsApp into the messaging ecosystem of Messenger and Instagram, although this isn’t the first time he’s made this claim...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, News, Instagram, France, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Canada, Earnings, US Senate


Facebook and Google are back in the spotlight ahead of key earnings and a possibly testy congressional hearing. Here's what to expect during tech's big week.

The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images Big tech companies will be scrutinized by both lawmakers and shareholders this week, when three chief executives are set to testify before Congress and a slew of companies report their third-quarter earnings. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face a Senate panel Wednesday as lawmakers push to repeal or rewrite the legal protections that they say shield tech giants from accountability, frequently refe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Senate, Trends, Tech, House, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Department Of Justice


Netflix Reveals ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Final Season Premiere Date (TV News Roundup)

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix unveiled the premiere date of the final season of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” and Apple TV Plus released a trailer for “Becoming You.” DATES Freeform‘s Instagram account will house the network’s new two-episode limited series, “The Clock Is Ticking” on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. The digital series, part […]
Tags: Apple, News, Instagram, Netflix, Sabrina, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Crazy Not Insane, Becoming You


Apple's iPhone 12 is here, but 5G still needs to catch up

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the 5G iPhone 12 earlier this week. Apple Apple's iPhone 12, which launches on Friday, marks the company's first smartphones to come with 5G. While it's an important step for the iPhone, 5G support alone isn't enough of a reason to upgrade. The fastest 5G networks operate at a short range and are only found in very limited areas around the US. But bringing 5G to the iPhone 12 ensures that the phone will remain relevant in the future as 5G networks develop over t...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Cook, Instagram, Washington, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Indianapolis, Smartphones, Analysis, United States, Tim Cook, Smith


First iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Orders Arriving to Customers in New Zealand and Australia

Apple customers in Australia and New Zealand are always the first to get their hands on new devices on launch day because of differences in time zones, and the 2020 iPhone models are now arriving in those countries. Image via Instagram, from a new iPhone 12 Pro owner in New Zealand It's Friday morning in Australia and New Zealand, and customers who pre-ordered an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro are beginning to receive their shipments. New device photos and videos and images of lines are popping up on Y...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Instagram, Australia, Middle East, Sydney, New Zealand, North America, Apple Stores, Asia Europe, Jay Phillips, YouTube Instagram Twitter, Daniel Van


Photographer Austin Mann Tests the iPhone 12 Pro's Camera

Travel photographer Austin Mann usually performs an in-depth review of new iPhone models to test their camera performance in real-world scenarios. To test Apple's new iPhone 12 Pro, Mann traveled to Glacier National Park, Montana. Mann focused on some of the biggest camera upgrades with the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, including the upgraded Wide lens, Ultra Wide Night mode, and LiDAR autofocus, across a range of conditions and environments. The upgraded 26mm Wide angle lens with a f/1.6 aperture perfor...
Tags: Apple, Photography, ISO, Mann, Austin Mann, iPhone 12 Pro, Montana Mann


The Justice Dept just slapped Google with a landmark antitrust lawsuit. That could be bad news for Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, which could be have implications for other tech giants Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. If Google loses it could encourage lawmakers to rein in other tech giants, potentially going as far as breaking up parts of their business. Successful antitrust action could mean Amazon loses important third-party seller data, and Apple loses control over its ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Politics, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, US, Trends, Tech, House


The Justice Department just slapped Google with a landmark antitrust lawsuit. That could be bad news for Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, which could be have implications for Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. If Google loses, lawmakers could be encouraged to rein in other tech giants, potentially going as far as breaking up parts of their business. Successful antitrust action could mean Amazon loses important third-party seller data and Apple loses control over its App Store market...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Politics, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, US, Trends, Tech, House


Google fires back at DOJ antitrust lawsuit, saying the 'deeply flawed' suit would force Americans to use worse search features and pay more for their phones

Google's Kent Walker published a blog post defending the tech giant on Tuesday. Aaron Bernstein/Reuters Google fired back against an antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice in a blog post on Tuesday.  "This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers," Google chief legal officer Kent Walker wrote. "To the contrary, it would artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Congress, US, Trends, Tech, Mozilla, Retail, Antitrust


A deeply flawed lawsuit that would do nothing to help consumers

Google Search has put the world’s information at the fingertips of over a billion people. Our engineers work to offer the best search engine possible, constantly improving and fine-tuning it. We think that’s why a wide cross-section of Americans value and often love our free products. Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to, not because they're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives. This lawsuit would do nothing to help...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google Search, Mozilla, Lg, Department Of Justice, Bing, Expedia, Opentable, Department, Microsoft Google


Beam is building a web browser that gathers knowledge from your web activity

Remember Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer? Those applications from the 1990s used emphatic metaphors in their names to talk about a simple task — browsing the web. Today, nobody would say that Google Chrome is a web explorer. Browsing the web has become an effortless — and often mindless — task. You grab your phone or computer, you open a new tab and you type a few words in the address bar. Beam, a new startup founded by Dom Leca and Sébastien Métrot, is working on a brand new app that i...
Tags: Apple, Google Chrome, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, Tech, France Newsletter, Beam, Sparrow, Loren Brichter, Leca, Beam Beam


Social media users pass the 4 billion mark as global adoption soars

More than 4 billion people around the world now use social media each month, and an average of nearly 2 million new users are joining them every day. The world is spending more time on social media too, with the typical user now spending roughly 15 percent of their waking life using social platforms. However, social media isn’t the only aspect of digital that’s delivering impressive numbers. The new Digital 2020 October Global Statshot Report – produced in partnership with Hootsuite  – s...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Japan, Usa, Instagram, Yahoo, Youtube, China, India, Disney, Digital, Social Media, Seo, Data


Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said today that it’s lifting the ban after negotiating with TikTok management. “The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject t...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spacex, Instagram, Singapore, Disney, US, Tech, Ukraine, Policy, Pandora, Pakistan, Paris


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #512

Twitter takes a U-turn on blocking controversial New York Post storyEarlier last week, we witnessed the latest moves in the war on misinformation from Facebook and Twitter, who had limited the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden. Both platforms questioned the validity of the article and the origins of the materials featured, which are thought to have been pulled from a computer that had been left by Biden’s son in a computer repair shop. However, it now appears ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, UK, Instagram, White House, Social Media, Seo, Joe Biden, Snapchat, Biden, Mashup, Lens, Competition and Markets Authority CMA


Apple touted 5G as one of the biggest features in its new iPhone 12 lineup. But here's why 5G shouldn't be the only reason you upgrade.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the 5G iPhone 12 earlier this week. Apple Apple's iPhone 12 lineup marks the company's first smartphones to come with 5G. While it's an important step for the iPhone, 5G support alone isn't enough of a reason to upgrade. The fastest 5G networks operate at a short range and are only found in very limited areas around the US. But bringing 5G to the iPhone 12 ensures that the phone will remain relevant in the future as 5G networks develop over the coming years. Vis...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Cook, Instagram, Washington, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Indianapolis, Smartphones, Tim Cook, Smith, Huawei, Wood


The key details to know about Instagram Reels, the app's TikTok competitor

Three Instagram influencers use Reels (from left to right): Anna OBrien, Eitan Bernath, and Chriselle Lim. Screenshots from Instagram Hi, this is Amanda Perelli. Welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.Platforms like Instagram and YouTube have been rushing to compete with TikTok's success by launching their own short-form video features.As TikTok continues to face threats of a potential US ban, Instagram ...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, US, Trends, Star, Sydney, Caa, The New York Times, Charles, Influencers, Dan, Instagram Instagram


Daily Crunch: Apple introduces the iPhone 12

Apple embraces 5G, Facebook Messenger gets better integrated with Instagram and Kahoot raises $215 million. This is your Daily Crunch for October 13, 2020. The big story: Apple introduces the iPhone 12 Apple’s big event today kicked off with the announcement of the HomePod Mini, but the real focus was on the iPhone — specifically, the iPhone 12. Pricing for the new iPhone starts at $799. New features include 5G, a magnetic adapter for various accessories (including wireless chargers) and a mor...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Facebook, Japan, Hardware, Instagram, Softbank, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Walt Disney, Holmes, Kahoot, Daily Crunch


Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro camera upgrades sharpen focus on serious photographers

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro heaps improvements on the already-formidable power of its camera system, adding features that will be prized by “serious” photographers — that is to say, the type who like to really mess around with their shots after the fact. Of course the upgrades will also be noticeable for us “fire and forget” shooters as well. The most tangible change is the redesign of two of the three lens systems on the rear camera assembly. The Pro Max comes with a new, deeper telephoto camera: a 6...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Gadgets, Photography, Hardware, Tech, Earth, Dslr, Dolby, Max, Emmanuel Lubezki, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, Apple iPhone event 2020


Buick to Offer New In-Vehicle App for Podcasts & Audiobooks

Buick’s gone Hollywood. The automaker just teamed up with actress Reese Witherspoon’s “Hello Sunshine” that integrates “Reese’s Book Club” with Buick’s infotainment system. Reese’s Book Club brings women-centered stories to more than 1.7 million followers on Instagram and has propelled many of its picks to No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. “Hello Sunshine shines a light on women, creating and telling stories that put women at the center, and that’s something Buick wants to be a pa...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Texas, Instagram, Reese Witherspoon, Magazine, New York Times, Autos, Book Club, Sears, Buick, Austin Texas, Reese, Amazon Alexa, Buick Encore, Car Talk



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