Facebook announced it will be rolling out new apps for Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire and Samsung Smart TV. The apps will allow people to view videos posted on Facebook via their smart televisions. Ultimately, the apps will provide a more convenient way to view Facebook videos on a large screen. Some analysts suggest that Facebook could be moving to compete against Google-owned YouTube or even with streaming services like Netflix to become a premium source of online content for both…
Uber drivers protested in Taiwan circling the country's transport ministry on February 10 after the ride-hailing company halted its operations in the island nation following an impasse with the government of Taiwan which deems the service illegal. Uber announced that it would be suspending its services in Taiwan after the government raised the maximum penalty for Uber drivers to Tw$25 million ($804,000) which is the highest in the world. Taiwan's Transport Ministry said it was preparing to charge Uber Tw$230…
 Social networking platform Twitter announced details of a new initiative which has been specifically designed to crackdown on online harassment and ‘abusive accounts’. Twitter, like other social media platforms have struggled to manage the issue of online abuse from anonymous accounts. Twitter vice president Ed Ho said they have introduced new measures aimed at identifying individuals who have been suspended from creating new accounts. In a statement issued to the press, Ho said: “We're taking steps to identify people who…
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick recently stepped down from US President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council following intense criticism of the ban on travel to the United States by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Kalanick said on Twitter that his company will purchase plane tickets for stranded drivers, after a federal judge declared a halt on the immigration ban. Uber’s CEO tweeted on Friday, 3 February, that the head of litigation for the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company is “buying a whole…

Uber users delete app over controversial immigration policy

Written on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:20
Uber apologized to its users after being accused of trying to profit from a New York taxi driver strike over US President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. The New York City Workers Alliance announced an hour-long strike on January 28, refusing to service JFK Airport in protest. Uber didn’t follow suit, instead turning off its surge pricing – making its services cheaper – and continued offering rides to and from the airport. Hundreds of Uber users deleted the Uber app…
Online social networking giants Twitter have created a new tab which is specifically aimed at making it easier for users to find interesting content while browsing on their social media platform. The move is just the latest in a long list of strategies management at Twitter in their attempts to find new users as they seek new ways to expand their business. Twitter, which is headquartered in San Francisco, have added an ‘explore tab’ which will enable users to find…
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…
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