War of words between Spotify and Apple escalates

Written on Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:53
Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple to the European Commission. Spotify claims that Apple gives itself an “unfair advantage at every turn” as it takes a 30 per cent cut of digital goods sold via iOS apps.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are facing scrutiny following the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand.
New York regulators are investigating Facebook’s gathering of intimate data about consumers’ menstrual cycles and body weight through smartphone applications. Facebook has confirmed that New York’s Department of Financial Services set them a letter about the data sharing issue. The New York based regulator asked the social media giant to provide a list of all the companies that were involved in sending them the data over the past three years. According to the source, requests to provide information on agreements…

Huawei launches the world’s fastest 5G foldable phone

Written on Monday, 25 February 2019 11:56
In the framework of the Mobile World Congress 2019 edition, Chinese telecoms giant Huawei unveiled the world’s fastest foldable 5G phone, just four days after rival Samsung became the first major handset maker to offer the feature.

Samsung takes the fight to Apple by opening new US stores

Written on Monday, 18 February 2019 12:53
South Korean conglomerate Samsung has unveiled its ambitious strategy to enhance its market share in the US by launching three new retails stores nationwide. Samsung officially announced that it will open the new retail facilities as it gears up to launch an updated version of its flagship Galaxy handsets in the United States. Some consumer experts are also claiming that the marketing strategy adopted by Samsung indicates clearly that the Seoul-based behemoth is directly challenging Apple in its domestic market.…

Uber’s growth slows as it prepares for IPO

Written on Sunday, 17 February 2019 13:37
US ride-hailing colossus Uber disclosed its financial earnings for the final quarter of 2018 which showed its revenue growth has slowed ahead of its much anticipated stock market debut. The financial figures released by Uber indicated that for the final three months of the year its loss amounted to $865 million, compared with $1.1 billion in the same period a year earlier. The San Francisco-based firm reported revenue of $3 billion, which represented a 25 percent increase from a year…
US technology behemoth Google is at the centre of an investigation by Indian competition officials after it was alleged that Google may have engaged in anti-competitive practices. Google stands accused of abusing the market dominance of its Android platform. The European Union conducted a 3-year investigation that only concluded last year. The European Commission determined that the deemed requirements for Android device makers to use Google apps were illegal. The US tech leader was subsequently fined €4.3bn. Reports emerging from…
Global smartphone sales saw their worst contraction ever in 2018, and the outlook for 2019 isn't much better, new surveys show. Worldwide handset volumes declined 4.1% in 2018 to a total of 1.4 billion units shipped for the full year, according to research firm IDC, which sees a potential for further declines this year. “Globally the smartphone market is a mess right now,” said IDC analyst Ryan Reith. “Outside of a handful of high-growth markets like India, Indonesia, (South) Korea…

Apple under-fire from politicians following FaceTime glitch

Written on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:25
US technology behemoth Apple is under-fire following the stunning revelation that its FaceTime app was allowing users to listen to audio from the phone of the person they’re calling even if the recipient hadn’t picked it up.

US tech giant announces recruitment cutback

Written on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:26
US technology giant Apple has announced that it will impose a recruitment cutback - which has been primarily forced due to weak sales on the company’s iPhone devices in the lucrative Chinese market. Bloomberg has reported that Apple CEO, Tim Cook, announced the recruitment cutbacks just a day after he sent a letter to Apple investors that warned the company was bracing itself for a year-on-year decline in revenue for its fiscal Q1, which would shave $5bn from its guidance.…

Apple executive blasts Qualcomm during antitrust lawsuit trial

Written on Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:28
A prominent Apple executive has testified that Qualcomm refused to let the US technology behemoth use its chip technology in their latest line of iPhones due to an ongoing dispute between the two companies over licensing fees. The admission was made by Apple COO Jeff Williams, during court proceedings in relation to an antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Federal Trade Commission. Williams told the court that the global smartphone manufacturer expressed a desire to use both Qualcomm and Intel…

Facebook accused of breaking law in Vietnam

Written on Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:08
Vietnam has accused Facebook of breaching a new cybersecurity law by failing to take down anti-government content from its pages and advertising illegal products such as weapons and counterfeit goods. The law – which came into place on January 1st - requires internet companies to remove "toxic content" and hand over user data when requested by authorities. A report broadcast on Vietnam Television said that the Ministry of Information and Communications had sent several letters and emails to the company…
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