AppleMagazine #379

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facebook merging instagram and whatsapp

With Facebook announcing plans to merge its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging services, we take a closer look at the giant’s stronghold on the ways in which we communicate, and explore whether the new changes will bring us closer together, or give Facebook access to more data to sell advertising and increase its dominance in the market. ALL CHANGE AT FACEBOOK Whether you’re an avid Facebooker or you steer clear from the platform, the chances are that you use at least one of the tech giant’s products. Zuckerberg has his fingers in many pies, including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, and may just be the most powerful tech CEO in the world. Of course, companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple have been able to secure higher returns and, albeit briefly, become trillion-dollar brands,…

memos: facebook allowed ‘friendly fraud’ to profit from kids

Facebook allowed children to rack up huge bills on digital games while the company rejected recommendations for addressing what it dubbed “friendly fraud,” according to newly released court documents. The internal Facebook memos and other records were unsealed to comply with a judge’s order in a federal court case settled in 2016. The lawsuit, filed in San Jose, California, centered on allegations that Facebook knowingly milked teenagers by permitting them to spend hundreds of dollars buying additional features on games such as “Angry Birds” and “Barn Buddy” without their parents’ consent. The documents show Facebook considered measures to reduce the chances of kids running up charges on parents’ credit cards without their knowledge. But the company didn’t adopt them for fear of undercutting the revenue growth that helps boost the company’s stock price…

youtube promises to stop promoting misleading videos

If you believe the world is flat, don’t count on YouTube recommending videos supporting your theory. That’s because YouTube is promising to stop promoting so many sensationalistic clips that revolve around scientifically proven falsehoods and other suspect information, such as conspiracy theories revolving around the U.S. government’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York. YouTube, part of Google, announced its deemphasis on misleading videos. It’s the latest example of a widely used digital service trying to stop the spread of misinformation as lawmakers scrutinize the role that technology companies play in distributing potentially toxic propaganda. Both Facebook and Twitter are trying to take similar steps. The misleading videos will remain on YouTube, even after they are phased out from its recommendation list.…

cashless super bowl coming? visa says yes

So you’re headed to the Super Bowl some year in the future, and you’re wondering how much cash you’ll need for the big game. No worries: During its sponsorship renewal with the NFL through the 2025 season, Visa envisions the first cashless Super Bowl. It won’t be this year, although 50 percent of concession stands that are available for making purchases for Sunday’s title game between the Rams and Patriots will be cashless. But it likely is coming. “Part of what we talk a lot about with the NFL is getting a path to cashless events, and the epicenter is the Super Bowl,” says Chris Curtin, Visa’s chief brand and innovation marketing officer. “We are working on an architecture that will get us there, it’s something we are really keen on. “We want an…

social vr repairing facebook's damaged reputation

VIRTUAL REALITY COULD BE A SAVIOR It’s fair to say that social media’s reputation hasn’t quite grown at the same rate as the number of people who register to use its various forms. Right now, there are an estimated 2.77 billion social media users around the globe, with this figure expected to hit the three billion mark in 2021. From intrigue about the latest communications innovation, to wanting to keep in touch with others or not fall behind others in the ‘fashionable technology’ stakes, the reasons people have had to initially engage with social media have varied – as has its reputation. Recent worldwide incidents, like last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal , have also done little to help the image of social media. But it’s not just the way social networks are run…

watching tv is free and easy with under-the-radar locast

You canceled cable long ago. Your TV antenna has trash reception for ABC. But you want to host an Oscars viewing party. What to do? A newish, under-the-radar option is Locast. It’s like an app version of a $50 antenna you can get from Best Buy, and it’s free and easy to use. For someone like me, weaned on Netflix, Locast is too simplistic to be a major part of my TV addiction. It’s a stopgap, excellent the few times a year when I want to watch what everyone else is watching, at the same time they watch it. But it’s useful for those who regularly watch TV live — sports lovers, devotees of morning shows like “Today,”“Bachelor” fans who live-tweet each episode. You don’t have to pay for it, as you do with…