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New report outlines potential roadmap for Apple’s ARM-based MacBooks

When Ming-Chi Kuo offers up a new report, Apple followers listen. The latest offering from the analyst adds key detail to the potential roadmap for Apple’s recently-announced push into its home baked ARM-based processors. Once again, Kuo notes that a 13.3-inch MacBook will be arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, sporting Apple’s own silicon. That laptop will reportedly be joined by a new version of the MacBook Air, which recently had its own upgrade. The thin-and-light laptop is said t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Hardware, Intel, Macbook, MacBook Air, ARM, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo


YouTube Kids app is now available on Amazon Fire TV

YouTube Kids, the family-friendly version of YouTube with built-in parental controls and a curated selection of kids content, is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV. The app’s arrival comes after Google and Amazon came to a mutually beneficial agreement that also allowed YouTube to launch on Fire TV last year and Amazon’s Prime Video to make its way to Chromecast and Android TV. The agreement was meant to soon see the additions of other YouTube apps, including YouTube TV and YouTube Kids, on the F...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Youtube, Chromecast, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Youtube Kids, Alexa, YouTube TV, YouTube TV Sling TV, Fire TV YouTube Kids, YouTube Kids launch Amazon, Equipment Control Manage Equipment Add Equipment


Big Tech hit pause on sharing data with law enforcement in Hong Kong

In response to China’s enactment of Hong Kong’s National Security Law on June 30 (last Tuesday), multiple Big Tech firms have suspended their mechanisms to process data requests from law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong. Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram have paused their data request mechanisms while TikTok has announced that it will cease its operations in the territory. Twitter is in a bit of a grey area. We have also reached out to Apple to know their stance on the situation. The Nati...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, News, China, Singapore, US, Social Media, Whatsapp, New York Times, Telegram, Free Speech, Signal


Week after ‘Chinese’ app ban, Indian govt launches ‘Atmanirbhar’ app innovation challenge

Within a week of banning 59 ‘Chinese’ apps, the Indian government on July 4 launched an ‘app innovation challenge’, involving cash rewards and other incentives, to promote existing Indian apps, and help in the development of new apps. Flanked under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign, the “Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge” was launched on Saturday as a partnership between Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) and the NITI Aayog...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, Government, China, India, Narendra Modi, Helo, Ladakh, Digital India, Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, TikTok Shein Clash of Kings, Shareit Kwai, Aatmanirbhar Bharat


Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google CEOs will testify in front of the US Congress for its broad antitrust investigation: Reports

CEOs of four of the biggest tech companies in the world — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google — will testify before the US Congress later this month, as part of its anti investigation of the Big Tech. This was first reported by New York Times columnist Kara Swisher following her conversation with Rep-David Cicilline. Later, a spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee also confirmed it to the New York Times. Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet/Google’s Sundar Pichai, and A...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, US, Eu, Regulation, United States, New York Times, Jeff Bezos, Flipkart, Sundar Pichai


TikTok denies initiating legal action against govt’s app-ban decision

Short video app TikTok, which was recently banned in India, along with 58 other Chinese apps, has denied pursuing legal action against the Indian government’s directive. “There have been statements in the press concerning the possibility that TikTok might pursue legal action regarding the directive by the Government of India. We have no plans to pursue such action. We are committed to working with the government to address its concerns. We comply with the laws and regulations of the Government o...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, Congress, China, India, WTO, Play Store, App Store, Mumbai, India China, Economic Times, Mukul Rohatgi, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Google, Apple remove majority of the banned Chinese apps, some still up on their app stores

Days after the Indian government  decided to ban 59 apps developed by Chinese companies, a majority of them have now been taken down from Apple and Google’s respective stores. A total of 54 apps were taken down from the Google Play Store, while  including Shareit, Kwai, and Club Factory. Four apps — Likee, Bigo Live, Viva Video, Vigo Video  — were also take down, but their “lite version” was still available. An app called YouCam Makeup was yet to be taken down at the time of publication. While t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, China, India, Play Store, Vigo, App Store, Helo, India China, Google Apple, UC browser, Kwai, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


India’s app ban decision ‘suspects’ of violating WTO rules: Chinese Embassy

The Chinese Embassy in India, on Tuesday, alleged that India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat, Cam Scanner, and UC Browser, “abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules”. It is also against the “general trend” of international trade and e-commerce activities, and is “not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India”, the embassy said. “The Chinese side is seriously concerned with and firmly opposed to such action,...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Google Play Store, News, China, India, WTO, Vigo, Helo, India China, Singh, Chinese Embassy, UC browser, GATT, MeitY


Chinese apps ban: India-China cyber face-off

After the Indian government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including the likes of TikTok, Shein, UC Browser, and WeChat, we put together a discussion where lawyers, public policy folks, and India-China experts discussed what this development means for bilateral relations between the two countries, and also the larger geo-political context. We discussed how exactly a Section 69A blocking order works, and the recourse these companies now have. We also discussed how this ban will be enforced an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, China, Vigo, Helo, India China, UC browser, MeitY, Tiktok, TikTok Shein UC Browser


5 ways to get the word out about your new side hustle

If you want to attract customers, then you'll need to be proactive about telling the world what makes your products or services special.It's hard to point to just one issue that's holding 89 percent of people with side businesses back from earning more than $1,000 per month, but failure to drum up significant demand likely plays a significant role. To start, you'd do well to experiment with social media marketing, maximizing customer reviews, receiving referrals, making the most of the marketing...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Business, Pinterest, Instagram, Steve Jobs, Marketing, Facebook Messenger, Innovation, Tripadvisor, Freelance, Gig Economy, Side Hustle, WiseStamp


Microsoft is closing all of its retail stores for good

As other retailers begin the slow, cautious move to reopen, Microsoft has announced that will be permanently shutting down the vast majority of its retail stores. There are some exceptions, including flagships in urban hubs including London, New York City, Sydney and its own campus in Redmond, Washington, but the remainder of the locations are going away. Microsoft has since written to clarify that those handful of locations that will remain will be turned into “Microsoft Experience Centers,...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Ecommerce, Microsoft, David Porter, Redmond Washington, Microsoft Store, London New York City Sydney, Specialty Stores


Big Tech decry Republican bill seeking to break encryption

In response to the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act proposed by three Republican senators, Big Tech companies have registered their opposition through their Reform Government Surveillance coalition. They said that building encryption backdoors would jeopardize the sensitive data of billions of users and “leave all Americans, businesses, and government agencies dangerously exposed to cyber threats from criminals and foreign adversaries”. They also pointed out that as the pandemic has fo...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, UK, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Australia, Washington Post, US, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Fbi, United States


3 Republican senators propose bill to create backdoors for encrypted communications

Three Republican senators have proposed the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act which will require service providers to break end-to-end encryption and to provide backdoors to encrypted devices (like Apple’s iPhones). Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), and Senators Tom Cotton (Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) introduced the Bill on June 23. The text of the Bill has not yet been made public and will be made available here. The aim of the Bill is to end the use o...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, News, Congress, Australia, India, US, Cotton, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Fbi, Arkansas, Graham, Bill


London fintech Curve to power Samsung Pay Card in the UK

Curve, the London fintech that is re-bundling various financial products by letting you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and app, is partnering with Samsung in the U.K. to power its forthcoming debit card, which is scheduled to launch later this year. Dubbed “Samsung Pay Card” — and obviously a bid by Samsung to better compete with Apple Wallet and Apple’s own credit card launch — the product is being described as a digital payment solution that will give Samsung customers “gre...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, Samsung, Nfc, Curve, Samsung Pay, Klarna, Apple Wallet, Shachar Bialick, Conor Pierce


On Tech: Mac OS 11

For the first time in years (at least that’s what it feels like), I watched the entirety of an Apple press event, while it streamed live. I used to live and breathe for these — and that’s when they were being streamed at ridiculous late-night (or early-morning) hours in Tokyo — but have felt myself slowly caring less and less for them over the years, with the majority of what is presented feeling more like “updates” than new exciting products. But I’m currently on vacation, and so yesterday I de...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Technology, Mac, Tokyo, On Something


Apple will allow developers to challenge specific App Store guidelines

Even Apple can budge. The iPhone-maker on Monday announced that third-party App Store developers will soon have a mechanism to challenge particular App Store guidelines and that it will no longer delay bug fixes for apps already present on the App Store over guidelines violations. Both these changes will be implemented in the summer. The development comes just a week after the EU initiated two antitrust probes against Apple, one of which will look into Apple’s App Store policies (more on that be...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Spotify, News, Eu, Antitrust, App Store, Rakuten, Wwdc, Apple Music, Cto, WWDC Apple, David Heinemeier Hansson, Kobo Spotify


Live from Apple’s virtual WWDC 2020

This WWDC is going to be one to remember — if not because of the news it makes, then certainly the show itself. As with the rest of the industry (and world, for that matter), Apple’s been first to go entirely virtual for the first — and possibly last — time. Beyond that, there’s bound to be plenty of news worth tuning in for. Here’s what we’re expecting out of the event. At the top of the list, is Apple’s long awaited push into ARM processors. There’s plenty of OS-related news, as well, with ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Ios, Apps, Hardware, Events, macOS, Wwdc 2020


Watch Apple’s WWDC keynote live right here

Apple is holding a keynote today on the first day of its developer conference, and the company is expected to talk about a ton of software updates. WWDC is a virtual event this year, but you can expect the same amount of news, in a different format. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that the company plans to unveil new versions of its operating systems. Get ready for iOS 14 and ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, New York, London, Intel, Macbook, Paris, Apple Events, Wwdc, Watch Apple, Safari Microsoft, Wwdc 2020


Top 10 stories of the week: June 15th to June 21st 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 21st June 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. Encryption and issues related to Misinformation “In discussions on misinformation, we generally focus on what the government and platforms should do, when in fact it is a people problem, as much as it is a tech problem. People generally don’t have the agency to act on some of these problems. Read it here Twitter makes Aakar Patel’s account...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Home, News, Microsoft, US, Amit Shah, App Store, Delhi, Airtel, Practo, Reliance, Brad Smith, SEBI, Patel, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU


Oil pares some gains on fears of economic weakness due to virus - Reuters

Oil pares some gains on fears of economic weakness due to virus - Reuters:Oil prices rose on Friday but pulled back sharply from early highs on concerns that continued spread of the novel coronavirus could stall the United States’ economic rebound.Crude benchmarks followed other assets lower after Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said more fiscal and monetary support for the U.S. economy will likely be needed.Rosengren repeated his view that the U.S. unemployment rate will likely ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, United States, Reuters, Rosengren, Eric Rosengren, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Boston Federal Reserve


Microsoft is the latest to criticise Apple’s App Store policies

Microsoft president Brad Smith is the latest to question Apple’s App Store practices, saying that it imposes strict rules on developers, and takes a big cut out of their revenues. “I do believe the time has come, whether we’re talking about Washington, D.C., or Brussels, for a much more focused conversation about the nature of app stores, the rules that are being put in place, the prices and the tolls that are being extracted and whether there is really a justification in antitrust law for every...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Play Store, Facebook, Spotify, News, Microsoft, Washington, Politico, US, Eu, Netflix, Antitrust, Brussels


UK gives up on centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app — will switch to model backed by Apple and Google

The UK has given up building a centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app and will instead switch to a decentralized app architecture, the BBC has reported. This means its future app will be capable of plugging into the joint ‘exposure notification’ API which has been developed in recent weeks by Apple and Google. The UK’s decision to abandon a bespoke app architecture comes more than a month after ministers had been reported to be eyeing such a switch. They went on to award a contract to an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Germany, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones


EU opens antitrust cases against Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay

The European Commission, on Tuesday, opened two antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay practices. One of these investigations will assess whether Apple’s rules for app developers on the distribution of apps via the App Store violate EU competition rules. The other will look into why Apple limits a certain technology to only its payments system. Incidentally, both these antitrust investigations come just a day after Apple promoted findings from a study which claimed that th...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Spotify, News, Germany, Eu, European Union, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Nfc, App Store, Rakuten, Financial Times, Apple Music


US House of Representatives seeks testimony from Big Tech CEOs: Report

The US House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee is trying to get testimonies from Big Tech CEOs for its ongoing investigation into technology companies’ alleged anti-competitive practices, Axios reported. Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google are reportedly being asked to supply internal documents and the companies’ responses to other competition investigations. We have reached out to the office of Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David Cicilline for comment. This effort is a part of the wider ant...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, US, Eu, Competition, House Of Representatives, Antitrust, Flipkart, Sundar Pichai, Congressional


Apple says its App Store facilitated $519B in commerce in 2019

Amid increasing antitrust scrutiny by U.S. regulators, Apple announced an update on its App Store ecosystem. While the company normally shares some App Store metrics during its WWDC keynote, it’s today detailing the results of a new study that claims the App Store ecosystem facilitated half a trillion ($519 billion) in billings and sales globally in 2019. This is a new and broader figure than has been previously reported, as it includes all transactions the App Store facilitates, not just those ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, Japan, Etsy, China, Tech, Netflix, Commerce, New York Times, Mlb


Top 10 stories of the week: June 8th to June 14th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 14th June 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. Jio raises ₹5,683 crore from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, brings total to ₹97.8K crore In its second investment from Abu Dhabi, Jio Platforms has raised ₹5,683 crore (~US$751.7 million) from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), giving the sovereign fund a 1.16% equity stake. Read it here The UK govt’s coronavirus data deals are pu...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Home, Facebook, UK, News, Congress, China, India, US, Turkey, National Health Service, Amnesty International, Ibm, App Store, Black Lives Matter


Apple removes 2 podcast apps from App Store in China without giving a specific reason

Apple has removed podcast client Pocket Casts from its App Store in China following the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China, Pocket Casts claimed in a tweet. Apple didn’t provide any specific reason to PocketCasts for removing their app despite them asking for clarification, and told them that they included content “that is illegal in China as determined by the CAC”. Apple had removed another podcast app called Castro Podcasts from the App Store in China earlier this month, the Ver...
Tags: Travel, Apple, News, China, App Store, US UK, Cyberspace Administration of China, Cyberspace Administration of China Pocket Casts


Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts removed from Apple’s China store

Before June each year, content and media platforms in China anxiously anticipate a new round of censorship as the government tightens access to information in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This year, Chinese users lost access to two podcast apps — Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts. Neither app is searchable within Apple’s Chinese App Store at the time of writing. Pocket Casts, which was acquired by a group of American public radio companies in 2018, tw...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Asia, Podcast, Government, China, Beijing, Cac, Castro, Plague Inc, Apple Inc, Tiananmen Square, Pocket Casts, Castro Podcasts, Apple Podcast Pocket Casts


Encryption and issues related to Terrorism and Communications

“Traceability based on the message that you have is possible through metadata analysis, but traceability on the basis of searching the content of the messages is not possible,” a speaker said during MediaNama’s discussion on encryption. The bigger problem is that the technological capability of law enforcement is limited. All speakers concurred that the problem of end-to-end encryption in counter-terrorism operations was not a technological issue, but a policy and legal issue that needs to be so...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, India, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Terrorism, Pegasus, Tamil Nadu, State, NIA


Knowing Hospitality Launches The Proven Principles Podcast

Knowing Hospitality, a Seattle based full-service hotel management and consulting company, has launched a new podcast. The Proven Principles Podcast (https://www.theprovenprinciplespodcast.com), is a hospitality podcast aimed at demystifying the inner workings of hotels and sharing insights on the skills needed to be successful in any customer service focused business.Hosted by Adam Knight, the show brings interviews and individual contributor episodes that are geared towards hospitality ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Seattle, Southern California, Adam, Adam Knight, Casey Pearce, Contract Services Group, Knowing Hospitality, Adam Knight Principal



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