Due to a recent legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm, the former has decided to make some drastic changes to further to separate itself from the semiconductor company. Latest information suggests that Apple is "leaning heavily" towards choosing Intel's 5G modems for
Sean Parker, the billionaire founding president of Facebook, is now echoing sentiments increasingly promoted in the IT ethics field. He believes the platform is basically damaging people by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology." It's always had a corrupt purpose.
Many respectable and even well-known people still haven't received a verification from Twitter, yet Jason Kessler did on Tuesday. Kessler's claim to fame is being the white supremacist who has helped organize racist rallies like the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville.
Availability of T-Mobile's gigabit LTE has more than doubled, bringing it to upwards of 430 markets. Further, LTE Advanced is now available in 920 markets. Although that doesn't offer gigabit speeds, it still offers faster service than a typical LTE connection.
It's not just tweets that are getting longer on Twitter. The social network has updated its display name restriction, enabling people to use names as long as 50 characters, up from 20. This will help people add more emoji and it'll be useful for those who have longer names.
YouTube is filled with "kids" videos that frequently have a disturbing element to them. If you browse the platform you'll come across content targeted at children that has sexual or violent aspects. Those videos sometimes amass hundreds of thousands of views.
The Crisis Response Hub on Facebook has received an update that makes it easier for visitors to donate when a disaster, natural or otherwise, occurs. Each crisis page features a donate option at the top of the display. Facebook won't charge any fees for donations.
Algorithms are serving as "sophisticated, strategic tools to maintain and strengthen" the power of companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says Senator Al Franken. He criticized the tech industry for increasing its power over users through those tools.
Facebook is beginning to test a system that'll prevent revenge porn from even being posted on the network, meaning content won't ever have to be reported after the fact. The catch is that potential victims must share their nude photos with the company ahead of time.
When Snapchat comes out with its redesigned application it's reportedly going to include an algorithmic feed, much like those adopted by Facebook, Twitter, and others. CEO Evan Spiegel discussed during the company's Q3 earnings call how a redesign was in development.
The content you post as a Story on Instagram no longer has to be from the past 24 hours. Instagram has updated that portion of the app to include support for older content. Stories now lets you browse all of your photos and videos, with the option of posting whatever you want.
Facebook's Express Wi-Fi service will grow in Nigeria through a partnership with Tizeti, a startup using solar-powered towers to improve the country's internet access. Express Wi-Fi involves Facebook working with local ISPs, carriers, and businesses to expand internet access.
Google is taking measures to combat abusive redirect practices with updates to Chrome. The browser, in versions 64 and 65, will fight back against redirects and "trick to click" links that are used by malicious site creators to misleadingly bring traffic to sites.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an entirely favorable ruling in its case against Sci-Hub, a pirating site for scientific papers. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sided with all of the plaintiff's requests, including demands for damages.
A larger group of users on Instagram now has access to features that make disclosing paid content easier. The social network introduced a paid post tool in June. When used, a post will have a clearly visible tag stating it's part of a "paid partnership" with a given brand.
Facebook is shutting down an experiment that involved boosting certain comments critiquing a post for being fake news. The platform was trying to use naturally arising comments from regular users to reduce the spread of illegitimate stories, but it's opted to pursue other paths.
Twitter began introducing its new 280-character limit in September, with a select group of users joining a test of the new feature. Now the social network is rolling out the updated character limit to all of its users around the globe, meaning 280-character tweets are staying.
Twitter has apologized to users for a bug that led to an absence of results for terms like "bisexual." It says an error was discovered with its search system that led to photo and search results being blocked for affected terms. Posts were inaccurately treated as sensitive.
Google is using Earth to give people a better understanding of pollution in California. Working with Aclima, an environmental tech company, Google measured air pollution around the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Central Valley. That data was turned into a map.
Walmart has picked an interesting way to talk about the popularity of Walmart Pay, its mobile payment service. It claims the service is on its way to overtaking Apple Pay, though it comes to that position based on the percentage of eligible users either service has.