Google have formally announced that the ‘Android Instant Apps’ is now available to download for some Android users. The announcement of the app was made at the Google I/O last year - and was undoubtedly one of the most talked about topics that came from Google’s event. However, the wait is now over for many Android users who will be able to access the application which serves as a bridge between web apps and native Android applications. The concept and…
China have ordered that all app stores must register with the government in order to operate legally in the region - after it claimed that some applications were guilty of spreading illegal information. Chinese authorities insist the motivation behind the move is to protect users from misinformation and security risks. The Chinese government has long established a reputation for exerting its power over the control of the internet – and dictates to what over a billion of its residents can…
The head of Sony’s entertainment business, Michael Lynton, says he will step down from his position to devote his time to Snap Inc. (Snapchat) as the company prepares to go public. Lynton will reportedly step down from Japan-based Sony’s pictures and music business as of February 2 to spend more time as chairman of Snap Inc., Sony Corporation said in a release. Lynton, who became chairman of Snap Inc.’s board late last year, was an early investor in the company,…
Apple announced that the App Store welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), capping a record-breaking holiday season and a year of unprecedented developer earnings and breakout app hits. In 2016 alone, developers earned over $20 billion, up over 40 percent from 2015. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned over $60 billion, creating app experiences for App Store customers across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. Those…

2011 monopoly abuse lawsuit comes back to haunt Apple, Inc.

Written on Monday, 16 January 2017 10:15
A lawsuit filed against Apple, Inc. in 2011, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for monopoly abuse regarding Apple’s App Store, was revived recently. A US appeals court received the civil suit on January 12. Apple has been accused of creating a monopoly by making its App Store the only place to purchase iPhone applications. Lack of competition has thus pushed app prices higher. An appellate court panel in San Francisco, California, reversed a lower court judge's decision…

Snap Inc. (Snapchat) announces London as its international HQ

Written on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 07:09
Snap Inc. is the company behind the popular photo and video sharing messaging application Snapchat. The company announced on January 10 that it has chosen London as the location of its international headquarters, and highlighted the United Kingdom’s creative industries as the reason for its choice. Other tech leaders including Facebook, Google and Apple also announced their investments in London last year. The city has garnered a reputation for being a technology hub, which could stand it in good stead…
YouTube have chosen Dubai to open its tenth space which further illustrates the success the online video platform is enjoying in the MENA and UAE region. The Google owned company has expanded its business from funny cat video, to a broadcaster in its own right - producing high-quality shows that range from anything such as fitness experts uploading their fitness regimes - to culinary enthusiasts sharing their recipes for tasty meals. Dubai will now get its very own YouTube state-of-the-art…
The European Commission has accused Facebook of providing them with false and misleading information in relation to its takeover of WhatsApp in 2014. At the time of the proposed takeover, the European Commission queried the social media giants on the topic of data sharing. Facebook insisted at the time of the takeover that it would be unable to establish automated matching between users ID’s on its social media platform with those on WhatsApp. However, the European Commission has highlighted the…
Digital analysts have expressed their surprise at the explosion in popularity of video and messaging app Snapchat in the Middle East region. A global study by a leading research consultancy firm established that the proportion of internet users in the UAE who use Snapchat increased from 15% in 2014 to 53% this year. These statistics significantly outpace the global trend of growth for Snapchat which has risen from 12% to 23% during the same timeframe. Analysts claim that Snapchat, an…
Technology giants Apple and Google Play have rejected an app which would enable women to upload nude photos on social networking service Instagram. Model Melina Di-Marco has accused the online photo-sharing platform of double standards. Instagram currently allows men to post topless photos, but prohibits women from doing so. However, both the App store and Google Play Store say her app promotes explicit content. Instagram's policy on nude photos has come under fire in recent years, and high-profile stars such…
Facebook have announced that they’ve created a new tool which enables users to report fake news stories that appear on their newsfeeds. Facebook is the market leader in social networking with over 1.7 billion registered accounts. However, it has been heavily criticized in many quarters for its failure to prevent the volume of fake stories going viral on its platform. The new tool will give users the opportunity to report stories they believe may be fabricated. Articles suspected of being…
Facebook isn’t shy about its desire to compete against Snapchat. In a bid to attract some of Snapchat’s audience who enjoy the app’s fun facial filters, Facebook has purchased facial recognition startup FacioMetrics, which could boost Facebook’s ability to create photo and video effects similar to Snapchat. "How people share and communicate is changing and things like masks and other effects allow people to express themselves in fun and creative ways," a Facebook spokesperson said in an email reply to…
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