Operating Systems News

From mobile and desktop, through to server and virtualisation, this is our ongoing news and analysis coverage of the business of operating systems.

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 ...

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...

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...

Autonomous driving vehicles

VW seeks open-source approach to refine car operating system

German automotive titan, Volkswagen wants to use an open-source approach to refine elements of a software-based car operating system being developed by the carmaker, Christian Seng...

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 ...

Spain Digital Tax

Spain’s lower house to draft new 3% digital tax on internet giants

Spain’s lower house has voted to begin drafting a 3% tax on revenues of internet giants, the latest of such moves by US trading partners that has spurred a US investigation a...

Apple

Apple must face US shareholder lawsuit over Tim Cook’s iPhone, China comments

A federal judge said Apple Inc must face part of a lawsuit claiming it fraudulently concealed falling demand for iPhones, especially in China, leading to tens of billions of dollar...

US Trade Dept

America launches trade probe into digital taxes, preparing the ground for new tariffs

The United States is investigating digital services taxes being adopted or considered by Britain, Italy, Brazil and other countries, the US Trade Representative’s office said...

Apple

Apple to reopen about 100 stores in the US, most with curbside pickup

Apple plans to reopen about 100 stores in the United States, mostly with curbside pickup but some with walk-in service, the company said on Tuesday.

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Latvia to launch Google-Apple friendly coronavirus contact tracing app

The small Baltic nation of Latvia aims to become one of the first countries to launch a smartphone app using a new toolkit created by US technology giants Apple and Google to help ...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Apple-Google contact tracing app draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Google, the companies announced as they released the initial vers...

Apple

Apple reopening 25 more stores in America, will soon top 100 worldwide

Apple will this week reopen more than 25 of its branded stores in the US, the company has said, continuing a gradual process that has unlocked doors at nearly a fifth of its worldw...

European Commission

European Union looks for evidence to rein in US tech giants

Tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon could face tougher rules as EU regulators seek evidence to curb their role as gatekeepers to the internet and access to people, information ...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Apple and Google ban use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Apple and Google have said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of COVID-19.