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Podcast Apps Pocket Casts and Castro Removed From Apple's China Store

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:05
Before June each year, content and media platforms in China anxiously anticipate a new round of censorship as the government tightens access to information in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This year, Chinese users lost access to two podcast apps -- Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts. From a report: Neither apps are searchable within Apple's Chinese App Store at the time of writing. Pocket Casts, which was acquired by a group of American public radio companies in 2018, tweeted that it "has been removed from the Chinese App Store by Apple, at the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China," the country's internet watchdog. When Pocket Casts asked for clarification, Apple's app review team told the podcast firm to contact the CAC directly, an email seen by TechCrunch showed. "We will most likely contact them to find out more, though we weren't given that option to stop the app from being removed, only as a potential solution to have it re-instated. The very small amount of warning we were given between there being a problem, and our app being completely removed from the Chinese app store was quite alarming," a spokesperson for Pocket Casts told TechCrunch. "We assumed that what they'd want us to remove are specific podcasts, and possible some of the Black Lives Matter content we'd posted."

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Apple confirms WWDC 2020 schedule, including Special Event Keynote on June 22

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:01

Ahead of WWDC 2020 kicking off on June 22, Apple today has offered additional details on this year’s schedule. Apple has confirmed that the all-virtual WWDC will include a keynote address, Platforms State of the Union, 100+ engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers, and more.

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Anonymous Camera for iPhone blurs and blocks out faces and bodies

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:49

If you need an iPhone camera app with the smarts that allows you to quickly capture anonymized photographs and footage, in real-time, then be sure to check this one out.
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EU To Hit Amazon With Antitrust Charges Over Treatment of Third-Party Sellers, Report Says

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:25
The European Union is preparing to file antitrust charges against Amazon over the e-commerce giant's treatment of third-party sellers on its site, according to a report Thursday from The Wall Street Journal. From a report: The European Commission, the union's top antitrust regulator, could file official charges as early as next week, according to the Journal. The charges will reportedly accuse Amazon of using data on independent sellers on its platform to launch competing products. The European Union's antitrust regulators opened an investigation into Amazon in July 2019. The goal is to explore whether the e-commerce giant breached the EU's competition rules with its use of data from independent retailers. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of the EU's competition policy, said at the time that European customers shop online for the selection and pricing. "We need to ensure that large online platforms don't eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behaviour," Vestager said. "I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon's business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules."

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Adobe debuts free Photoshop Camera app for iPhone with big filter library, social media focus

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:18

Adobe has released its latest product today, the Photoshop Camera app for iPhone. The new free app aims to bring the power of Photoshop to your smartphone’s camera with AI smarts and a ton of filters to create some really unique shots with a focus on social media sharing.

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Pocket Casts podcast app removed from Chinese App Store by Apple

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:00

At the request of the Chinese government, Apple has removed the popular Pocket Casts podcasting app from the App Store in China.
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30,000 Unsuspecting Rose Bowl Attendees Were Scooped Up in a Facial Recognition Test

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:46
On New Year's Day 2020, more than 90,000 college football fans piled into the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, to watch the Oregon Ducks play the Wisconsin Badgers. It turns out some of those fans were being watched, too. From a report: Before they even entered the stadium, thousands of attendees were being captured by a facial recognition system in the Rose Bowl's FanFest activity area by an ad tech company called VSBLTY. Four cameras hidden underneath digital signs captured data on attendees, generating 30,000 points of data on how long they looked at advertisements, their gender and age, and an analysis to try and identify weapons or whether they were on a watch list of suspicious persons. Three fans who attended the Rose Bowl game and spoke to OneZero said they didn't remember seeing any notice that they were being surveilled. [...] The data gathering and surveillance operation has not been reported in the mainstream press before and was revealed after VSBLTY issued a press release of its findings. Neither VSBLTY nor the Rose Bowl Stadium responded to multiple requests for comment or questions about how data was gathered, whether fans were informed, and where the watch list of suspicious persons came from. "Facts about fans, their habits and actions -- in addition to demographic and psychographic information -- will help plan audience activities as well as serve as a tool to validate the value of on-site advertising impressions to sponsors," wrote Jay Hutton, VSBLTY's CEO. VSBLTY is a small, Philadelphia-based company that anticipates generating $15 million to $20 million in revenue in 2020, according to a company slide deck targeted at investors reviewed by OneZero. The company has fewer than 50 employees according to LinkedIn data. Despite its relatively small size, the company has contracts around the world, including conducting real-time facial recognition in Mexico City through a partnership with intelligent lighting company Energetika.

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9to5Mac Daily: June 11, 2020 – More iMac rumors, iOS 14 call recording

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:28

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Why Facebook Staffers Won't Quit Over Trump's Posts

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:08
Even fed-up tech workers are paralyzed by Silicon Valley's culture. From a column: It's easier for tech workers to talk about taking a stand than to do so. For one, big technology companies such as Facebook and Google are viciously competitive about acquiring talent. They hire or poach the best people, sometimes just to prevent a competitor from having access to them instead. Some workers don't want to rock the boat for fear they might get blacklisted, Ian McCarthy, a vice president of product at Yahoo, said. And ironically, the brokenness at companies such as Facebook and Uber can also make their jobs enticing. Disruption is appealing, and the promise to move fast and break things (even priceless and irrecoverable ones, such as democracy) can be a recruiting tool. Others already in a company's employ may see an opportunity to fix some of its ills. One product manager at a large tech firm, who also advises many early-career professionals, spoke with me on the condition of anonymity because she fears reprisal from within the industry. She told me about her "activist" friends who refuse to leave jobs at Facebook, even if they disagree with the company's practices. "They came to change the world," she said, "and stayed to work within the system on issues they cared about." The same drive that makes these workers care about the consequences of Facebook's impact on democracy also makes them want to stick it out in an effort to improve the service. Even so, Facebook seems to have crossed the line of tolerable abhorrence for some tech workers. Inside the business, nextplayism may offer the best, and maybe the only, way for them to show their distaste. "The vast majority of people I know at the director-and-up level, when they are leaving a company and looking for a new gig, they're Never Facebookers," McCarthy, who is also an occasional collaborator of mine, said, referring to senior-level roles. "They're offended if you even offer to do introductions to someone at Facebook." But that is a privileged attitude. Much of the magical operation of online services is driven by rote laborers, such as moderators, AI-training wranglers, and gig workers. They aren't counted as members of the industry, except perhaps as its casualties.

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Apple and other tech companies pledge new tools to combat child sexual abuse

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:35

Apple is one of 18 tech companies pledging to work together to build new technological tools to combat child sexual abuse. The Technology Coalition (TTC) was first formed in 2006, but has today announced a new initiative known as Project Protect.

Other members of the coalition are Adobe, Amazon, Cloudflare, Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr, GoDaddy, Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Roblox, Snap, Twitter, Verizon, VSCO, Wattpad, and Yobo …

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Spike adds collaborative notes and tasks to its conversational email app

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:35

I’ve been using Spike as my primary email client since early February, and while it takes a bit to unlearn some of your existing email habits, I find it to be the best email app for my use case. I find myself processing emails faster than I could ever do in a traditional email app. If you haven’t heard of Spike, I highly encourage you to read my review. Today, Spike released a new version of its app with two new additional components of the app: Spike tasks and notes. I’ve been testing these features for the past few weeks, and I am excited that it’s now out for general release. more…

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Unreleased desktop Mac, probably overhauled iMac, has been spotted in regulatory filings

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:11

We recently heard that Apple's overhauled all-in-one desktop is on the horizon. Today's regulatory filing is another indication that such a claim may not be entirely unsubstantiated.
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3M Sues Price-Gougers Who Used Amazon To Sell Masks At 1,800% Markup

Slashdot - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: 3M -- which manufactures N95 filtration masks that have been in high demand since the COVID-19 pandemic began -- is suing merchants who used Amazon to sell 3M and counterfeit masks for more than 18 times their standard price. A group of third-party merchants on Amazon "operated an illegal scheme to advertise and sell counterfeit, damaged, deficient, or otherwise altered respirators" to customers, 3M alleges in the complaint (PDF), filed in federal court in California. 3M has drastically increased its production of N95 respirator masks, the company says, but has kept its pricing between $0.63 and $3.40 per mask, depending on the model. The resellers in the suit, however, were allegedly selling a model that has a typical list price of $1.27 for for an average of $23.21 per mask, more than 18 times higher than 3M's price. Amazon has already taken down the listings in question, 3M notes in the suit, but due to the way Amazon's third-party marketplace works, "banned" goods and sellers pop back up all the time. This case is likely to be no different, 3M claims, writing that the defendants have a history of launching "multiple front entities to perpetuate their unlawful activities" and adding that the defendants will probably keep doing it "until they are enjoined by this court." 3M seeks financial penalties against the resellers but says any monetary awards it receives "will be donated to charitable COVID-19 relief efforts."

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How to create subfolders in Mail on iPhone, iPad and Mac

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:30

Create Mail Subfolder Mailbox iPhone

If you want to add subfolders in Mail on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, this is easy to do. Technically labeled Mailboxes, here’s how to create subfolders.
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Twitter has been testing at least half a dozen Facebook-style reactions to tweets

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:25

This isn't the first time Twitter has experimented with emoji-style reactions so there are no guarantees that the feature will see the light of day.
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UK government still hasn’t decided how NHS contact tracing app should work

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:17

A new report today says that the British government still hasn’t decided exactly how its NHS contact tracing app should work, but insists that it will be ready to roll out ‘within a fortnight.’

The coronavirus app was originally promised for May …

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How to create captions for objects in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:00

Add Captions to Objects Keynote Mac

If you want to create object captions in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, this tutorials shows you how easy it is on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
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AI-driven Photoshop Camera brings Insta-worthy lenses, real-time Photoshop filters, more

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 07:51

Photoshop Camera is a new AI-powered iPhone app from Adobe that promises to bring real-time Photoshop magic to the palm of your hand.
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TSMC US plant: Senate and Congress say US chipmakers should also get subsidies

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 07:42

Controversy over the planned TSMC US plant continues. There are bipartisan moves in both the Senate and House to argue that if a Taiwanese company is given subsidies to build a semiconductor plant in the US, the same should apply to American-owned companies.

It follows news that TSMC is seeking huge subsidies from the US government in order to proceed with plans to build a plant in Arizona …

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