While Apple Music has been quite successful by anyone's standards -- though it certainly gets a boost as a featured and pre-installed app on every iPhone and iPad on the store shelf -- not every aspect of the company's music streaming competitor to Spotify (download on iOS or Android) has been a smashing success.
If you've been following Facebook in the news this year, you know that 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for the company, as it continues to face scrutiny over its user data management practices. And along the way, the social network has suffered from several security incidents.
Today, Facebook disclosed another personal data breach, one that it says may have affected the photos of up to 6.8 million members during a brief window in September.
In the statement, Facebook engineering... Read More »
In the news app business, what do you do when Apple News has such a big presence on iOS, and Google News is big on Android and seemingly everywhere else? Even if you have deep pockets like Microsoft, which relaunched a news aggregator app of its own a few months ago, the answer may lie in using AI to leapfrog the capabilities of us humans when it comes to selecting and personalizing content.
At least, that's the pitch for Microsoft's second... Read More »
Over the past couple years, the general public has heard a lot about how your personal data can be collected on the internet and sold without your knowledge or consent. A VPN, or virtual private network, can be one way to improve your privacy, but some details about our lives remain difficult to keep on the down-low. One nagging problem is how many documents available to the public online can be tied to your phone number.
Keepsafe, a developer of privacy-oriented... Read More »
In the wake of the unexpectedly messy October update for Windows 10 that ended up stretching well into November, users of Microsoft's operating system may be scratching their heads about how it went so badly. While Windows 10 isn't as widely praised as Windows 7, it rarely experiences the issues that we saw recently, which included deleting entire directories of files.
To address the growing uncertainties about Windows 10 and the integrity of its update system, corporate VP Michael Fortin... Read More »
With the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009, the internet figured out a way to exchange digital goods with the same level of confidence as physical goods, but the concept isn't necessarily restricted to monetary transactions. When Ethereum arrived in 2015, it expanded the notion of a community-verified ledger to apps, which can be specially designed to run in a decentralized manner within the Ethereum network.
Think of Google Docs, but instead of connecting to a regional Google server to access your... Read More »
Web browsing is a fundamental part of life for the majority of the planet, so it stands to reason that a fast, safe, and reliable web browser sits at the foundation of our online experiences. Firefox Quantum for Windows and MacOS aims to provide exactly that.
Firefox can trace its lineage way back to the heady Netscape Navigator days of the late 90s. Back in 2003 a team at the Mozilla Foundation (a nonprofit group) decided to create a... Read More »
Back in March 2018, Apple announced that it had agreed to buy Texture, a "digital magazine service," and this transaction didn't raise many eyebrows at the time. After all, the company works diligently on the Apple News app that's pre-installed on over a billion iPhones and iPads around the world, so it looked like a natural complement.
With that many potential eyeballs, it seems like newspapers and magazines should have been thrilled at the prospect of regaining an audience... Read More »
As we look back on the state of digital privacy in 2018, one could argue that the stage was actually set during the 2016 presidential election, when an academic researcher at Cambridge University collected Facebook user data en masse and used it to build psychological profiles for a UK client who may have influenced who won and who lost.
In the time since, the public has heard a lot about how much they are tracked online, and how this data... Read More »
In its latest update to the Office 365's suite of apps, software giant Microsoft revealed support for MacOS Mojave's Dark Mode, which will let users write papers or create spreadsheets without straining their eyes.
Since Apple debuted Mojave's Dark Mode this fall, many software companies have updated their apps to allow for a more muted version instead of the usual white background. Microsoft also rolled out a number of smaller changes to its apps, but the Dark Mode... Read More »