Apple’s redesigned Maps app is available across the US, adds real-time transit for Miami

Apple’s updated and more detailed Maps experience has now rolled out across the U.S., the company announced this morning. The redesigned app will include more accurate information overall as well as comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls and other public places. It will also bring Look Around to more cities and real-time transit to Miami. … Read more Apple’s redesigned Maps app is available across the US, adds real-time transit for Miami

Apple’s App Store appeals process would make ‘Kafka blush,’ entrepreneur tells Congress

Technology executives said that Apple’s App Store platform has too much power in a congressional hearing in Boulder, Colorado on Friday. The hearing, held by the House Antitrust Subcommittee, is another signal that Washington lawmakers are increasingly scrutinizing big technology companies over power that might not always harm consumers, but can hurt smaller businesses. The … Read more Apple’s App Store appeals process would make ‘Kafka blush,’ entrepreneur tells Congress

Apple launches Research app, US users can enroll in three health studies

Following the announcement at the September event, the Apple Research app is now available to download for iPhone and Apple Watch. Users in the United States can sign up to be part of three health studies; Women’s Health, Heart and Movement, and the Hearing Study. The Women’s Health study draws data from the Cycle Tracking app on watchOS 6 … Read more Apple launches Research app, US users can enroll in three health studies

Apple’s Texas Hold’em game returns to the iPhone to celebrate 10 years of the App Store

Apple’s Texas Hold’em game was released over 11 years ago for the iPhone as the first game ever sold on the App Store. Today, seemingly out of nowhere, Apple has updated the game with a refreshed version that actually works on today’s iPhones, as spotted by9to5Mac. The App Store page for Texas Hold’em claims that the update is to celebrate “the 10 … Read more Apple’s Texas Hold’em game returns to the iPhone to celebrate 10 years of the App Store

Absher app makes Apple and Google ‘accomplices in the oppression of Saudi women’

Pressure is growing on Apple and Google to remove Absher, a controversial Saudi app which can be used by male family members to track the movements of women and even bar them from travelling. Some 14 members of Congress have accused the two companies of being ‘accomplices in the oppression of Saudi women’ … The ways in … Read more Absher app makes Apple and Google ‘accomplices in the oppression of Saudi women’

Facebook to Pull Onavo Protect VPN App From Apple’s App Store Over Data Worry

Facebook will pull Onavo Protect virtual private network application from the App Store after getting word that it violates Apple’s data collection rules, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The free application creates an encrypted VPN connection that routes internet activity through computer servers managed and secured by Facebook. The app also alerts users when sites they visit might be malicious. … Read more Facebook to Pull Onavo Protect VPN App From Apple’s App Store Over Data Worry

Twitter Lite Android App, Optimised for Slow Data Connections, Launched in India

Micro-blogging platform Twitter has made its data-friendly Twitter Lite Android app available in 21 more countries, including India, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. Built for 2G and 3G networks which are still in use in several parts of India, Twitter Lite has an install size of 3MB, saves data and space and loads quickly on unreliable networks. “While … Read more Twitter Lite Android App, Optimised for Slow Data Connections, Launched in India

WhatsApp May Be Working on a Windows App for PCs: Report

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is reportedly working with Microsoft to deliver a proper desktop app. WhatsApp is one of the few developers that consistently delivered updates to its Windows Phone app, but a report by Windows Central suggests WhatsApp is actually getting ready to deliver a proper desktop app as well, The Next Web reported on Friday. Concept art for a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of … Read more WhatsApp May Be Working on a Windows App for PCs: Report

Twitter Updates Its Windows App; Kills Off Its Android TV, Roku, and Xbox Apps

Twitter on Wednesday announced improvements to its mobile website, Twitter Lite app, and Twitter for Windows app, including night mode and a new tweet compose box. Separately, after killing off apps used by a small number of users, including the Twitter for Mac app, the micro-blogging site is shutting down its TV apps on Roku, Android … Read more Twitter Updates Its Windows App; Kills Off Its Android TV, Roku, and Xbox Apps

Instagram Payments Go Live, Making the Photo-Sharing App a Marketplace

After adding the ability to make payments in Messenger and WhatsApp, Facebook has now been spotted testing a payments feature in Instagram – something the company has now confirmed. The new feature is reported to let users make purchases directly using the Instagram mobile app. It comes a long time after Instagram rival Snapchat added its native payments solution that it called Snapcash. The new payments … Read more Instagram Payments Go Live, Making the Photo-Sharing App a Marketplace