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Angola App

Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public

When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertain...

India Apps Streaming

Indian video-sharing apps surge in popularity following TikTok ban

Indian tech businesses are looking to capitalise on the opportunities arising from a ban on Chinese owned apps, including TikTok, with one rival video app saying it had added a sta...

Apple

Google-backed groups criticise Apple’s new warnings on user tracking

A group of European digital advertising associations has criticised Apple plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and ...

India TikTok China Relations

India asks ISP’s to block banned Chinese apps

India has ordered telecom companies and other internet providers to stop access to 59 banned Chinese-origin apps, according to notices seen by journalists, intensifying efforts to ...

Apple

British regulators take aim at Apple’s search engine deal with Google

The payments made by Google to Apple to be the default search engine on Apple’s Safari web browser create “a significant barrier to entry and expansion” for Googl...

Tech Titans

EU throws new rule book at tech giants in competition search

Frustrated by its continuing failure to loosen Google’s grip on search, despite more than $8 billion in fines, the European Union is lining up new rules to level the playing ...

TikTok

India bans 59 mostly Chinese apps amid border crisis

India has banned 59, mostly Chinese, smartphone apps including TikTok and WeChat in its strongest move yet targeting China in the online space since a border crisis erupted between...

Tim Hortons

Privacy Commissioners to investigate Tim Hortons’ app

Tim Hortons’ mobile app will be investigated after concerns about how the breakfast and coffee chain may be collecting and using data were raised, the Office of the Privacy C...

coronavirus tracing uk

Britain’s COVID-19 app: The game changer that wasn’t

As Britain’s COVID-19 infections soared in the spring, the government reached for what it hoped could be a game changer – a smartphone app that could automate some of the wor...

Tim Cook

Apple modifies app review process, letting developers ‘challenge’ guidelines

Apple Inc has said it would let software developers “challenge” the guidelines that govern its app review process and will end its practice of blocking routine bug fixe...

Apple

Apple switches to its own chips for Mac computers as it adds features, privacy controls

Apple has said it will switch to its own chips for its Mac computers, saying the first machines will ship this year and ending a nearly 15-year reliance on Intel Corp to supply pro...

Apple

Apple to shut some stores in the US due to a rise in COVID-19 cases

Apple Inc has said it is temporarily shutting some stores again in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and North Carolina in the United States, as novel coronavirus cases continue to...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

UK ditches homegrown COVID-19 tracing app to use Google-Apple model

The UK government will switch to the Apple and Google model for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching an attempt to develop an app by itself after the homegrown system did not ...

Google

Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness

A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security have ...