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Apple: only our App Store can protect your iPhone from sideloaded malware

Apple has long argued against having alternative app stores and allowing sideloaded apps on the iPhone. In its latest effort to convince you, the company has released a whitepaper describing the bad effects of sideloading and how the App Store is the best protection against them. The whitepaper also highlights the importance of the role of the App Store to protect your data and let you safely download apps. The company argues that the App Store is designed to block and detect attacks, but sidelo...
Tags: Apple, Startups, App Store, Plugged


Stop screenshotting, Twitter can now share your tweets straight to Instagram

There’s always that ONE friend who posts screenshots of their tweets to Instagram to score some much-needed validation. If you don’t have such friends, you probably are that friend. Now, Twitter is testing a way to share tweets directly to Instagram. The company announced last night that it’s rolling out this feature to its iOS app for now. When you’ll hit the share button under a tweet, you’ll see the Instagram Stories option pop up. pls stop posting screenshots of Tweets on IG Stories. you can...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Plugged


Everything and everyone should be a Clubhouse clone

Since Clubhouse launched and put all the worst parts of podcasting into one neat package, companies have been keen to cash in. Just think of the Clubhouse clones we’ve seen already. There’s Twitter Spaces. Who could forget Reddit Talk?  Even Spotify has got on the trend with Greenroom. And, just yesterday, Facebook finally launched Live Audio Rooms. But you know what? This isn’t enough. We need more Clubhouse clones. Everyone and everything should be a Clubhouse clone. Friends, I don’t want to a...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Spotify, Clubhouse, Plugged


Facebook turns WhatsApp into a shopping hub with virtual storefronts

Facebook has slowly but surely been looking for ways to monetize its investment in WhatsApp, adding new several features for businesses over the past few years. Now the company is turning it into a straight-up shopping hub — in a few countries, at least. Facebook introduced Shops in 2020 as a way to turn Facebook and Instagram pages into digital storefronts, with a particular emphasis on small businesses. The company noted at the time that the feature would be coming to WhatsApp (and Messenger),...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Insider, Plugged


TikTok’s clever new feature dispenses with the ‘link in bio’ nonsense

When you’re watching a cooking TikTok, it can be annoying to manually note down the ingredients, or follow the link in the creator’s bio to see the recipe. However, the app has a nifty new feature that solves this problem. TikTok released a function called Jump that lets creators use mini-apps with their videos. Here’s how it works: if the feature is enabled, you can include a link for showing stats, ingredients, a Wikipedia article, or a quiz. For starters, TikTok has partnered with Whisk, Brea...
Tags: Startups, Wikipedia, Tabelog, Tiktok, Plugged, Breathwrk Wikipedia Quizlet StatMuse


Clubhouse accidentally leaked its Backchannel for DMs feature

While Clubhouse is very popular among live-audio social network enthusiasts, it lacks one major feature users would give anything for: direct messages. It’s annoying when you’re engaged in a lively room, and want to connect to someone, you have to go to their profile, find their Twitter or Instagram handle and message them there. That’s probably about to change. [Read: Why entrepreneurship in emerging markets matters] Clubhouse accidentally leaked its under-development chat feature called Backch...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Plugged


Review: The Tenways ebike is a lightweight, stealthy steal for under $1500

We have a rule about crowdfunding campaigns here at TNW: with rare exceptions, we don’t cover crowdfunded products unless they’re from an already established company with a proven track record or we get to demo a fully functional prototype. With the Tenways C-Go 600 ebike, it was the latter case. And I’m really glad I did get to try it because this ebike is fantastic — no gimmicks necessary. At $1,000-1,500 (Tenways has not settled on a final price yet), the bike offers a Gates Carbon belt drive...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Plugged


Clubhouse’s biggest threat? Facebook launches Live Audio Rooms

Facebook has unleashed another threat to the future of Clubhouse. The social media giant on Monday started rolling out Clubhouse-clone Live Audio Rooms, continuing the company tradition of ripping off competitors. Like Clubhouse, Live Audio Rooms lets users listen to and join live conversations. Initially, only public figures and select Facebook Groups on iOS in the US will be able to create Live Audio Rooms, but users on both Android and iOS will be able to join them. Hosts can invite up to 50 ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, US, Insider, Russell, Plugged


Xiaomi will reportedly debut its under-screen camera tech later this year

Phone manufacturers have tried to give us a full-screen experience by testing solutions like pop-up cameras to replace punch-hole selfie snappers and front-facing notches. Sadly, they never caught on. However, we might see the debut of an under-screen camera in a mainstream phone, thanks to Xiaomi. According to a report by ITHome, the Chinese tech company is set to introduce this technology in three devices this year: the CC 11, the Mix 4, and the Mix Fold 2. [Read: Why entrepreneurship in emerg...
Tags: Startups, Xiaomi, Plugged


AirTags and Find My are ushering in a whole new Apple era

While I liked the AirTags overall, they’re flawed. Despite this truth (and I’m sorry to tell you, but it is a truth), this is also a one-dimensional way of looking at Apple’s location trackers. Why? Because the product and the Find My service are ushering in a whole new Apple era. To understand why this is the case, we need to understand a few things. Specifically, why and how Apple has gone about releasing the AirTags. Before that though, if you’re uncertain about the hardware or how it works, ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, Next Featured


Instagram will now pack ads into your Reels binges

In the movie Avengers: Endgame, Thanos says, “I am inevitable.” If you think of the internet, Thanos is ads. If you’re using a free product, it’s usually just a matter of time before ads creep into it. That is what’s happening with Instagram Reels — the company’s TikTok rival. Facebook is now introducing ads as long as 30 seconds in between Reels on the app. These ads will have a small “Sponsored” label with the advertiser’s name. Instagram first introduced ads in Reels back in April to users in...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Australia, Thanos, Tiktok, Plugged, India Brazil Germany


Facebook’s ‘immersive’ VR ads are the capitalist hell no one asked for

VR can provide an immersive escape from the mundane. But there’s one thing it won’t let you escape from for much longer: advertising. Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will soon start testing ads inside Oculus headsets — despite the VR brand’s founder once promising that it would never happen. “We are not going to track you, flash ads at you, or do anything invasive,” pledged Oculus creator Palmer Lucky, shortly after Facebook bought his firm in 2017. That always sounded optimistic, given ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Insider, Palmer Lucky, Plugged


Bad hotel Wi-Fi is a comforting reminder of the old world

This is adapted from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it here. Uh oh, watch out: Plugged In has just slid into the lobby all naked and greased up. Let’s move on from that childish image and kick off today’s lecture with a boring, grown-up statement: technology is only as good as its implementation. Take phones, for example. You can have the most delicious and crisp display on a device, but if it cracks easily, then it’s bad implementation. The industry is ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Samsung, Plugged


Si! Das ist richtig! Google’s reportedly building a Duolingo competitor

Google’s pretty good at letting you search the web in multiple languages and using AI to translate between them. Now, the company wants to use this prowess to help you learn different languages. According to a report from The Information, the company is preparing a new product called Tivoli that’ll be rolled out later this year. It’ll initially work on text, and will live in Google Search. At the company’s developer conference Google IO in May, the company showed off a new conversational AI mode...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pluto, Tivoli, Plugged


Facebook is debuting podcasts, because what else is left?

Facebook, the social network that needs to have every product integrated into its all-singing, all-dancing app, is now into podcasting. The company will let page owners upload podcasts on their pages starting June 22. According to a report by The Verge, Facebook sent an email to page owners notifying them of the feature. If you’re a page owner, you’ll be able to link the RSS feed of your podcast episodes, so they’ll eventually start showing up in the News Feed. Credit: The VergeFacebook sent an ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Verge Facebook, Plugged


Just when you thought Clubhouse clones were over, Spotify launches Greenroom

Spotify is officially marking its entry into the live audio arena with an app called Greenroom. However, it’s not entirely a new app. The streaming service has redesigned the Locker Room app — which it acquired back in March — with new bells and whistles. Apart from Locker Room’s live sports conversations feature, Spotify is also planning to add categories such as music, culture, and entertainment. Still feels like another Clubhouse-like app, doesn’t it? You’ll be able to login to this app with ...
Tags: Startups, Spotify, Locker Room, Plugged


Android is now encrypting your RCS texts

Google is rolling out a bunch of new updates for Android users related to privacy and usability. Here’s what you’ll be getting: End-to-end encryption for RCS RCS messages are getting end-to-end encryption support on Google’s Messages app. Apps like WhatsApp and Signal use this tech to keep your conversations private, so no one can see them. Currently, this feature is available to those who have access to RCS messaging and only for one-to-one chats. Plus, you’ll need to enable the chat feature in...
Tags: Google, Startups, Signal, RCS, Plugged


Ikea’s picture frame speakers are awesome aside from the shitty art

I have a dilemma. I both love and hate Ikea’s latest audio gadget, its picture frame speakers. Over the past few years, Ikea has been working with Sonos to produce a range of Symfonisk speakers. The philosophy behind these have been bringing audio into everyday items. And, when I first heard about the just-announced picture frame speakers, I gushed with excitement. The idea of populating my house with them made me tingle. Imagine it: music pouring from every wall, a veritable cathedral of sound....
Tags: Startups, Music, Ikea, Sonos, Plugged


You’ll only get 3 free months of Apple TV+ with your new devices soon

After launching Apple TV+ in November 2019, Apple has consistently given a year-long free trial of its streaming video service — and sometimes more — to anyone who has purchased a new compatible device. Now, that’s set to change. The company has silently updated the Apple TV+ terms to reduce the trial to three months when you buy a new Apple gadget. Here’s what the full text says: Eligible devices activated July 1, 2021 or later will qualify for offers of 3 months free Apple TV+. Eligible device...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Apple TV, Plugged, Apple TV Eligible


Windows 10 has only 4 years left to live (officially)

Microsoft will soon announce the next version of Windows on June 24. But before that happens, the company has already declared that it’s ending support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025. As noted by Thurrott, this is the first time the firm has specified an end date for the entire operating system. Windows 10 was originally unveiled in 2015, so it will have had a good run of 10 years — suits its name too. What does it mean for you when Microsoft will end support for Windows 10? Well, for starte...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Plugged


Apple introduces passwordless sign ups with Face ID and Touch ID

At its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last year, Apple announced that it’ll allow you to sign in to websites on Safari using Face ID and Touch ID. This year, the company is taking this tech a step further by introducing passwordless sign-ups. In a developer session titled “Move beyond passwords,” Apple unveiled a new tech called Passkeys that’ll allow you to sign up for services without any passwords. Here’s how it’ll work: when you visit a website supporting this new tech, you’ll enter y...
Tags: Apple, Security, Startups, Plugged


Facebook, why stop at a smartwatch? We need more ZuckTech!

I’m sure you’ve heard the news: a Facebook smartwatch is on the way. And you know how this makes me feel? Absolutely fantastic. There are few things I’d like more than for the company to track my every single movement and access a raft of health data — and what better way of doing that is there than a Facebook smartwatch? But… I have a dilemma. Ideally, I’d like to give Facebook more of my personal data than a simple wrist-bound wearable can deliver. There’s only one solution: ZuckTech. And lots...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Plugged


Facebook’s idea of 2 cameras on a watch gives me the creeps

There are not enough cameras and mics around us to record every moment of our lives. At least Facebook thinks so, because the company’s reportedly putting two cameras on its upcoming smartwatch. According to a report by The Verge, the social networking firm is planning to release its first smartwatch next summer. The device will have all the usual fitness stuff, including a heart rate sensor. And then there’s the whole two-cameras thing. The report notes that one camera will be on the front of t...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Plugged


Safari’s redesign is the best part of iOS 15 — FIGHT ME

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in India, there’s nowhere for me to go and have an adventurous trip. So the only audacious step I could take within the confines of my home was to install the iOS 15 beta on my iPhone. The new update brings a lot of goodies to the iPhone, including notification profiles, separate security updates, and FaceTime links. But personally, I think the update to the Safari browser experience is the best of the lot. Let’s go through it step by step. First, Apple has ...
Tags: Startups, India, Facetime, First Apple, Plugged


Apple might’ve leaked the ‘M1X MacBook Pro’ on YouTube, and no one noticed

Here’s a fascinating little mystery. Going into WWDC 2021, it seemed quite likely Apple would announce the rumored redesigned MacBook Pro, along with a more powerful update to the M1 processor, perhaps called the M2. That didn’t happen, so many concluded the leakers just got it wrong this time. But then @maxbalzer_ on Twitter noticed something interesting about the WWDC live stream on YouTube: Apple tagged it with the keywords ‘M1X’ and ‘M1X MacBook Pro.’ OK OK OK Everyone stay calm… but I just ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Youtube, Macbook Pro, Insider, Plugged


How the FBI cracked a global crime ring by selling them compromised phones

Australian and US law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced they’d sprung a trap three years in the making, catching major international crime figures using an encrypted app. More than 200 underworld figures in Australia have been charged in what Australian Federal Police (AFP) say is their biggest-ever organised crime bust. The operation, led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), spanned Australia and 17 other countries. In Australia alone, more than 4,000 police officers were ...
Tags: Startups, Australia, US, Fbi, Australian Federal Police AFP, Ironside, Plugged, Next Featured, US Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI


After FaceTime, here’s how Apple can half-ass its other apps to Android

Big news from WWDC: FaceTime will be available on Windows and Android! Apart from! Not really! Because the port! Is total shit! In case you missed the update, Apple has spent the past year trying to copy Zoom. Part of this is that FaceTime, its video calling app, is opening up. This is all well and good — besides the fact that you can’t really use FaceTime if you’re not on an Apple device. Can you you participate in a FaceTime call if you’re on on Windows and Android? Yes! But can you start a Fa...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Facetime, Plugged


Vivaldi’s launching an email client, RSS reader, and translation tool

Vivaldi, the cross-platform browser by Opera co-founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, is bringing a bunch of new tools including translation services — with its new browser update. The new update, dubbed Vivaldi 4.0, is the company’s attempt to lure you away from Google’s services. With all the discussions and scrutiny the Big G’s third-party cookie replacement tool FLoC, it’s probably the right time to get that user growth. Vivaldi said that the translation is powered by LingvaNex and all the c...
Tags: Google, Startups, Iceland, Vivaldi, Plugged, LingvaNex, Jon Stephenson Von Tetzchner


Vivaldi is launching an email client, a feed reader, and a translation tool

Vivaldi, the cross-platform browser by Opera co-founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, is bringing a bunch of new tools including translation services — with its new browser update. The new update, dubbed Vivaldi 4.0, is the company’s attempt to lure you away from Google’s services. With all the discussions and scrutiny the Big G’s third-party cookie replacement tool FLoC, it’s probably the right time to get that user growth. Vivaldi said that the translation is powered by LingvaNex and all the c...
Tags: Google, Startups, Iceland, Vivaldi, Plugged, LingvaNex, Jon Stephenson Von Tetzchner


Sony’s WF-1000XM4 may be the best noise-canceling earbuds yet

Sony‘s WF-1000XM3 were some of the best high-end true wireless earbuds around, especially if you prioritized sound quality and noise canceling. Today, Sony announced their successors, the creatively named WF-1000XM4, and they are a remarkable improvement in many respects, including even better noise cancelation and sound quality, improved controls, and a much better design My review unit actually arrived just a few hours before the publication of this article, so you can take this as a ‘hands-on...
Tags: Startups, Sony, Insider, Plugged