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The eve of Labor Day weekend in the United States becomes a good day to bury bad privacy decisions for Apple.
In 2020, it chose September 3 to announce a delay in rolling out new privacy rules that required apps to obtain user permissions, via pop-ups in the new iOS 14, before collecting data for tracking. and advertising targeting. Developers had complained that they didn’t have enough time to react, while Facebook warned that the changes could cut ad revenue for some app makers in half. “We want to give developers the time they need to make the necessary changes,” Apple said of the delay.
This year, a fierce backlash from privacy activists appears to be behind the delay announced today in the deployment of tools to detect images on iPhones of child pornography and sexual abuse, writes Tim Bradshaw.
“Last month, we announced plans for features to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and to limit the spread of child sexual abuse material. “Apple said on Friday.
“Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take more time over the next few months to gather feedback and make improvements before releasing these features of child safety of critical importance. ”
The rollout was slated for later this year following the release of its iOS 15 operating system, but Apple has failed to convince critics that it has taken sufficient steps to protect users from scanning their data. personal for other purposes.
Like the Developer Storm a year ago, Apple has again mismanaged the way it made costly and controversial changes, making it seem like it is out of touch with its ecosystem and the world at large. His lack of proper communication and full consultation will do nothing to change the view of opponents that he has grown too powerful and overbearing in his actions.
The Internet of (five) things
1. Apple questions “a hostile work environment”
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board is examining allegations that Apple retaliated against a senior engineer who accused it of allowing a hostile work environment. Ashley Gjovik, a senior engineering program manager who joined Apple in 2015, last week filed a “charge against the employer” describing 13 cases of alleged retaliation, including workplace harassment, job reassignment and reduced supervisory responsibilities.
2. FAA immobilizes the Virgin Galactic fleet
The United States Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the Virgin Galactic fleet and launched an investigation after learning that the vehicle that carried Richard Branson into space in July deviated beyond its designated airspace for nearly two minutes.
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3. The iPhone on wheels from Foxconn
The world’s largest consumer electronics maker and Apple’s biggest supplier have long dreamed of building cars. “If we can make iPhones, why can’t we make electric vehicles? [electric vehicles]? It’s a four-wheeled iPhone, ”said Foxconn founder and former chairman Terry Gou repeatedly in internal meetings, according to this Nikkei Asia analysis of its growing automotive business.
4. Buy now, never pay?
As the hot “Buy Now, Pay Later” industry signs deals with retailers, it is also reporting losses. Some clients are behind on their loans. In cryptocurrencies, Gillian Tett writes about Project Dunbar, a central bank cross-border digital currency system. Lex says commercial banks can be forgiven for feeling alarmed by the experience.
5. Start-ups trying to kill the password
The average person must remember between 70 and 80 passwords, creating a race for password replacement, with biometric security emerging as a sought-after solution. The biggest obstacle, however, is changing habits, reports Hannah Murphy.
Technical tools – Philips Hue + Spotify
Pulsed lights matching the beats of music are nothing new, but Philips Hue this week offered a sophisticated integration of its smart LED lights with Spotify. The existing third-party apps that allow this rely on the app being in the foreground with the microphone of a smartphone picking up the music. This depletes the batteries and means that there is inevitably a lag created as the app reacts to music already played.
The new Hue link with Spotify occurs in the cloud with lighting changes dictated by “light scripts” based on time-stamped metadata in the chosen music. There is information available on volume, pitch, timbre, and beats which means light scripts can be created to tell the story of an entire song in changing colors and intensities. Different lights are directed from the broadcast script to the Hue Bridge connected to your home router. The free feature started rolling out among Philips Hue App 4 users on September 1.
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