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AppleMagazine #415

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United States
Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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26 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
music fans can now play spotify tunes via siri and apple tv

MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE BECOMES MORE EMBEDDED INTO APPLE’S ECOSYSTEM You probably don’t need to have been watching the recent technology headlines very closely to appreciate that Apple and Spotify haven’t always been best buddies lately. However, it also can’t be denied that both of these tech and media giants have benefitted greatly from each other’s resources and ecosystems. That’s why it’s so great to see the announcement of new features effectively bringing the two of them closer together, especially as far as ordinary music fans are concerned. IT’S NOW EVEN EASIER TO APPRECIATE SPOTIFY ON AN APPLE DEVICE Monday saw Spotify reveal several new developments that could make a big difference to how users engage with the streaming service. Perhaps the most eye-catching one comes courtesy of the company’s iOS 13 update, which…

2 min.
paypal drops out of libra, facebook’s payments project

PayPal has pulled out of Facebook’s digital currency project, known as Libra, a blow to the social media company that has faced stronger-than-expected scrutiny over its proposed creation of an alternative payments system. The digital payments company said it is withdrawing from the Libra Association so it can focus on its existing businesses. “Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal, and we will continue to partner with and support Facebook in various capacities,” PayPal said. Facebook has presented Libra as a currency that could be used for digital payments, particularly outside the U.S. It would be backed by real currency, unlike other digital currencies like Bitcoin or Etherium. The Libra Association, based in Switzerland, was supposed to give the currency project a comfortable arm’s length distance from Facebook, which…

2 min.
small businesses increasingly a target for cybercriminals

While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, companies are struggling to devote enough resources to protect their technology from attack. That’s one of the findings of an annual survey of companies released by the Poneman Institute, which researches data protection, and Keeper Security, a manufacturer of password protection software. The survey found that 76% of the 592 U.S. companies surveyed had experienced a cyberattack in the previous 12 months. That was up from 70% in a survey in 2018, and 63% in a 2017 survey. The most common attacks were phishing and social engineering scams, cited by 57% of companies. These are invasions that target unsuspecting computer, smartphone and tablet users with realistic-looking emails; if a user clicks on a link or attachment in the email, malicious software is downloaded…

2 min.
tough times for chipmakers as samsung warns of profit drop

Samsung provided the latest sign of the tough times afflicting computer chipmakers as it braced investors for a sharp drop in profit. The sobering forecast this week wasn’t entirely unexpected, given an industrywide glut that has forced chipmakers to slash prices to clear out inventory. Although Samsung also makes smartphones and an array of other devices, it also is among the world’s largest chip suppliers. Chipmakers are suffering the consequences from misreading industry demand for their products. The industry invested heavily in 2016 and 2017 to ramp up production in anticipation of being flooded with orders for chips used in smartphones, internet-connected cars and other products. Instead, smartphone sales have been dwindling as a lack of innovation and rising prices have caused consumers to hold on to their existing devices for longer periods.…

6 min.
new visions: how technology has changed our reality

Where we’d once enjoy a concert with our own eyes, we now film every moment to share online, and where we’d once gossip about the news, we now have access to 24/7 content at the touch of a button, with live commentary from the people who matter. This week, we delve deeper into our ever-changing world, exploring the downsides, as well as new possibilities… THE SELFIE GENERATION Perhaps the most obvious indicator of today’s ever-changing times is social media and the selfie generation. Millennials and Gen Z have built careers off of the back of Instagram and YouTube, sharing their every moment with their fans, generating an income through adverts, sponsorship deals and merchandising. Huda Kattan, for example, has amassed a following of almost 40 million by posting makeup tutorials on her…

1 min.
boeing to invest $20 million in virgin galactic

Boeing plans to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic as the space tourism company nears its goal of launching passengers on suborbital flights. The companies announced the investment this week, saying they will work together on broadening commercial access to space and transforming global travel technologies. Virgin Galactic has conducted successful test flights of its winged rocket ship at Mojave, California, and is preparing to begin operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Test flights will be conducted there before passenger flights begin. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides says the company is projecting commercial flights by mid-2020. Virgin Galactic announced in July it intends to go public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. Boeing’s investment is in return for shares, so it is contingent on that transaction closing.…