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Facebook lobbying for option to make Messenger default on iOS

Yes, because Facebook being the app that handles all of your SMS information is going to end really well, isn't it?

Facebook has recently heavily criticized Apple for restrictions on gaming apps, ad targeting, and in-app purchases. Last month, Facebook warned advertisers that Apple's upcoming anti-tracking tools could cause a more than 50 percent drop in Audience Network publisher revenue due to the removal of personalization from ads within apps. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also referred to Apple's App Store as monopolistic and harmful to customers. Apple "blocks innovation, blocks competition," and uses the ‌App Store‌ to "charge monopoly rents," he said.

I've covered this already, Facebook crying because their creepy tracking won't work anymore is laughable anyway, but to say that Apple is block innovation and competition is a little rich. I mean, they bought Instagram, a rising competitor and from using the app everyday, it feels like they've just turned it into a cash cow by flooding feeds and stories with ads. Oh, and they rip off every decent feature that other apps come up with.

Posted 28th Sep 2020 @ 13:00

'NHS COVID-19' Contact Tracing app with Exposure Notification API launches in England and Wales

I was sceptical it would happen, but they ended up shipping on Wednesday. I've downloaded the app and encourage you to do so too.

Posted 25th Sep 2020 @ 10:53

1898 Batwing (76161)

I thought I wanted the 1989 Batmobile, but I think I want the Batwing more. How good does it look wall mounted?

Posted 24th Sep 2020 @ 11:00

Twitter investigates racial bias in image previews

The Social Dilemma touched on this and now people are really looking at this.

A couple of experiments that have been run on twitter:

But this is the kicker:

Posted 22nd Sep 2020 @ 13:06

Drowning in plastic

I've seen this article on big oil's deception shared many times this past week. The lack of morality is maddening but as much as I blame those at the top, we're not helping at all as these visualisations show.

But when us consumers do the right thing, just look at what happens to the plastic that's "recycled", most of it is discarded or incinerated.

Posted 17th Sep 2020 @ 13:11

iLy-Ai wooden electric scooter

This is really cute, but scroll down to see how big it really is!

Posted 17th Sep 2020 @ 11:20

The new iPad Air is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2

A14 processor, Apple Pencil 2 support but no LiDAR. The iPad Air + Apple Pencil is probably the best tablet combo around right now.

Posted 16th Sep 2020 @ 09:13

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