Tag: Mobile Applications

Trump Wants U.S. to Get Cut of Any TikTok Deal. No One Knows How That’d Work.

WASHINGTON — If he were still running casinos in rough-and-tumble Atlantic City, N.J., President Trump’s demand about Microsoft’s possible purchase of TikTok might be translated this way: I want a piece of the action. In exchange for blessing Microsoft’s acquisition of the Chinese-owned social media platform, Mr. Trump has said the United States Treasury should […]

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Trump’s Orders on WeChat and TikTok Are Uncertain. That May Be the Point.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden decision late Thursday to restrict two popular Chinese social media services from the United States has created confusion about how broad the bans on doing business with China could ultimately be. That confusion may be part of the point. Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration announced that it would […]

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Targeting WeChat, Trump Takes Aim at China’s Bridge to the World

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In China, WeChat does more than any app rightfully should. People use it to talk, shop, share photos, pay bills, get their news and send money. With much of the Chinese internet locked behind a wall of filters and censors, the country’s everything app is also one of the few digital bridges […]

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Facebook Gaming Finally Clears Apple Hurdle, Arriving in App Store

For six months, Facebook tried to get Apple to approve its new Facebook Gaming app so it could be available in Apple’s App Store. Each time, Apple said no. This week, Facebook said it had acceded to Apple’s demands to change its Gaming app so that it could be distributed to iPhone and iPad users […]

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Trump’s TikTok and WeChat Edicts Are Straight Out of China’s Playbook

The one thing my students all invariably know about China is that you can’t use Facebook there, or YouTube or Google. For at least a decade, China has maintained strict control over the internet and aggressively blocked foreign tech platforms within its borders. So when President Trump issued two executive orders Thursday night that all […]

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Trump Targets WeChat and TikTok, in Sharp Escalation With China

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced sweeping restrictions on two popular Chinese social media networks, TikTok and WeChat, a sharp escalation of its confrontation with China that is likely to be met with retaliation. The twin executive orders, released late Thursday night and taking effect in 45 days, cited national security concerns. The orders will […]

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With TikTok Mired in Uncertainty, Facebook Pounces With Instagram Reels

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Chinese-owned video app TikTok works to head off the threat of a ban in the United States, Facebook has sensed opportunity. On Wednesday, Instagram, the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, released Reels. Just like TikTok, people can use Reels to create 15-second videos that are designed to be easily shareable. […]

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Trump Says Microsoft Can Bid for TikTok

WASHINGTON — President Trump gave the go-ahead for Microsoft to pursue an acquisition of TikTok, in his first public comments about the popular Chinese-owned video app after he had threatened to ban it from the United States entirely. Speaking at the White House on Monday, Mr. Trump said that TikTok would shut down on Sept. […]

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TikTok Ban: Creators Respond to Trump

It was a weekend of chaos on TikTok — unleashed on Friday night when President Trump said, while aboard Air Force One, that he might ban the video app. The surprise announcement sent influencers in droves onto livestreams to give possibly premature teary and heartfelt goodbyes to their fans, asking them to join them on […]

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What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know

What exactly is going on with TikTok? The wildly popular app is known for hosting short videos where teenagers, celebrities and creators often dance or lip-sync to viral audio clips. It all seems innocuous, fun and sometimes even silly. But in recent days, President Trump has talked of banning TikTok from the United States, spooking […]

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ByteDance Said to Offer to Sell TikTok’s U.S. Operations

ByteDance, the Chinese internet giant that owns TikTok, has offered to sell the American operations of the popular video app as a way to save its business from being banned by the Trump administration, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday. President Trump had told reporters on Friday that he was considering […]

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Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban the app from the United States. It’s unclear how advanced the talks between Microsoft and TikTok […]

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

LONDON — In Brussels, European Union leaders are pursuing a new law that could make it illegal for Amazon and Apple to give their own products preferential treatment over those of rivals that are selling on their online stores. In Britain, officials are drawing up a law to force Facebook to make its services work […]

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, four tech giants worth nearly $5 trillion combined, faced withering questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Wednesday for the tactics and market dominance that had made their enterprises successful. For more than five hours, the 15 members of an antitrust panel in […]

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How to Fight Against Big Tech’s Power

In the morning, you check email. At noon, you browse social media and message friends. In the evening, you listen to music while shopping online. Around bedtime, you curl up with an e-book. For all of those activities, you probably used a product made or sold by Google, Amazon, Apple or Facebook. There’s no simple […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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Egypt Sentences Women to 2 Years in Prison for TikTok Videos

CAIRO — Armed with vaguely worded laws, Egypt’s guardians of conservative morals have long focused on belly dancers and pop stars in their efforts to police women’s behavior. Now they have hit upon a new target — young women who have become famous on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram. In the latest episode […]

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Their Businesses Went Virtual. Then Apple Wanted a Cut.

ClassPass built its business on helping people book exercise classes at local gyms. So when the pandemic forced gyms across the United States to close, the company shifted to virtual classes. Then ClassPass received a concerning message from Apple. Because the classes it sold on its iPhone app were now virtual, Apple said it was […]

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

WASHINGTON — After lawmakers collected hundreds of hours of interviews and obtained more than 1.3 million documents about Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, their chief executives will testify before Congress on Wednesday to defend their powerful businesses from the hammer of government. The captains of the New Gilded Age — Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim […]

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I Was a Screen Time Expert. Then the Coronavirus Happened.

Before the pandemic, I was a parenting expert. It was a cushy gig. In 2019, I boarded 34 flights. I checked into nice hotels, put on makeup and fitted jewel-toned dresses, strode onto stages large and dinky, and tried to project authoritative calm. I told worried parents about the nine signs of tech overuse, like […]

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Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Cybersecurity researchers revealed on Thursday a newfound vulnerability in an app that controls the world’s most popular consumer drones, threatening to intensify the growing tensions between China and the United States. In two reports, the researchers contended that an app on Google’s Android operating system that powers drones made by China-based Da Jiang Innovations, or […]

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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has been praised for making effective use of digital tools to contain the coronavirus, from emergency phone alerts to aggressive contact tracing based on a variety of data. But one pillar of that strategy, a mobile app that helps enforce quarantines, had serious security flaws that made private information […]

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Google Coronavirus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data

When Google and Apple announced plans in April for free software to help alert people of their possible exposure to the coronavirus, the companies promoted it as “privacy preserving” and said it would not track users’ locations. Encouraged by those guarantees, Germany, Switzerland and other countries used the code to develop national virus alert apps […]

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Be Wary of TikTok, Just Don’t Ban It

I confess: I have a TikTok-designated burner phone. The short-video sharing service sucked me in immediately with its algorithmically perfect cascade of videos that has been designed to entertain me for forever. I marvel at how smoothly it works. I am even more gobsmacked by the creativity on display — by many kinds of people, […]

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Letting Your Insurer Ride Shotgun, for a Discounted Rate

It’s like the Elf on the Shelf, but for car insurance. Call it the mole on the console. Drivers willing to give up a little privacy are becoming familiar with a multitude of apps that track their behavior behind the wheel, and in exchange are getting decent discounts on their premiums — as long as […]

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Disabled Do-It-Yourselfers Lead Way to Technology Gains

Listen to This Article Computer-generated audio recording Technology is changing the ways that disabled people interact with the world; perhaps more important, it’s also shifting how the world interacts with disabled people. As the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act approaches on July 26, many leaders, designers and scholars in the disability community […]

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How to Make Smartphones Last Longer

With so many people becoming unemployed in the pandemic-induced recession, we have no choice but to handle our technology differently. Put another way: We need to make our tech last longer. We generally do a poor job of this. As soon as a device like a smartphone starts to feel slow or its battery deteriorates, […]

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