Tag: App

iPhone’s new ‘orange dot’ feature warns you when an app is listening

Many iPhone owners are seeing a strange orange dot appearing from time to time in the top right corner of their screen. The dot is part of Apple’s latest iOS software update, and is part of Apple’s ongoing campaign to provide better privacy services.



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If you see the dot, it means an app is accessing your iPhone’s phone or camera. In many cases, this will come as no surprise—we use many apps precisely because they can take pictures or record a sound.

In some cases, though, app developers may seek to deploy the phone or camera without permission in order to obtain data. These include a controversial category of apps known as “spyware” or “stalkerware,” which governments or controlling partners install on victims’ phones to track them in secret.

Apple’s new orange dot feature may now help warn users that such activity is taking. It looks like this:

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ST Math Wins Tech Edvocate Award for Best Math App or Tool

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MIND Research Institute has announced that ST Math®, MIND’s patented approach to math instruction, has won a Tech Edvocate Award for Best Math App or Tool.

ST Math is a PreK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain’s innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems. ST Math’s unique, patented approach provides students with equitable access to learning through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback.

ST Math was also a finalist this year in the Best Gamification App or Tool category. The complete list of 2020 Tech Edvocate Awards is available online. The finalists and winners were selected by a panel comprised of two edtech thought leaders, two PreK-12 teachers, one college professor, two K-12 administrators, one college administrator, and two PreK-12 parents.

“All of us at MIND are delighted to be recognized with a Tech Edvocate Award

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How to quiet a noisy computer fan and a free app to track your medications and dosages

Q: My computer’s fan has been running almost constantly of late and at times it seems to be really laboring. What’s going on and what can I do about it?

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A: The fan you are hearing is most likely the one used to cool the interior of the machine.

Computers require their internal parts to stay below a certain temperature so that none of the hardware within the chassis gets damaged due to overheating (there’s a lot of plastic in there, after all). The cooling fan plays an integral part in keeping that interior temperature down. 

If you hear the fan working harder than normal, or being louder than normal, or running for longer than normal, then it’s likely due to the machine’s internal temperature being

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Apple wants to bulldoze the fitness app industry, hurting developers

  • Apple has a history of wiping out the little-guy developers, but this time it’s set its sights on the lucrative multi-billion fitness app industry.
  • On Tuesday, Apple launched Fitness Plus, a studio fitness app that offers classes from fitness coaches and integrates tightly with Apple Watch.
  • It’s a direct competitor to Peloton’s fitness app but it’s also a direct competitor to dozens of others including the many smaller developers who have trusted their livelihoods to Apple’s store, dutifully paying Apple its 30% cut of their recurring revenues.
  • The big fitness companies can probably handle the blow, but what of the little guys? This is not good news for them.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

On Tuesday, along with a new Apple Watch, Apple launched Apple Fitness Plus, a new app that offers studio fitness classes and integrates with the watch and other Apple gear.

As many have pointed

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Tesla Stock Price Surges Again As App Downloads Point To Q3 Earnings Beat

KEY POINTS

  • Tesla might be poised to exceed deliveries of its electric vehicles in the third quarter
  • This estimate stands at 145,000 EVs, triggering a two-day long recovery in Tesla’s stock price
  • The rebound could be attributed to the number of Tesla EV downloads on the company’s mobile app

From a massive 21% plunge in its stock price on Sept. 8 to an equally impressive rebound this week, Tesla investors are left wondering what’s behind the stunning turnaround in fortunes for the electric vehicle maker. The answer might be Tesla app downloads.

Tesla posted a massive 13% comeback Monday and a 7.2% jump Tuesday on the heels of a research report pointing to a possible increase in electric vehicle sales. Released Monday, Goldman Sachs revealed it’s now counting the number of downloads of Tesla’s app to figure out how many EVs Tesla is actually selling. The news was apparently enough

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They spent millions in a casino-like app. The catch: They can’t cash out.

Shellz, 37, a nurse from Houston, spends at least two hours a day with her husband playing a casino-style smartphone game called Jackpot Magic.

The app offers a variety of typical casino games to play, including their favorite, called Reel Rivals, a game in which players accrue points by playing a virtual slot machine. As in a real casino, players exchange money for coins to bet.

Unlike in a real casino, there is no way to win money back or earn a payout on coins.

But that has not stopped Shellz and her husband from spending about $150,000 in the game in just two years. She asked to use her in-game username so her family does not find out how much money they have spent on the game.

“We lie in bed next to each other, we have two tablets, two phones and a computer and all these apps spinning

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What Microsoft wanted from a TikTok deal, and why its bid for the hit social video app didn’t pan out

Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison, left, is looking to make the company a “trusted technology partner” to TikTok after ByteDance turned down an acquisition bid from Walmart and Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, right. (Oracle and GeekWire File Photos)

Microsoft’s bid for TikTok fell through after the tech giant insisted on acquiring full control of the social video app’s U.S. operations, data, source code and algorithms, declining to settle for a lesser deal that didn’t put those key assets in its hands.

That’s one of the details that emerged overnight after Microsoft said Sunday afternoon that TikTok’s parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, declined the offer from Microsoft and Walmart to acquire TikTok for a reported $20 billion to $30 billion.

The Chinese company, under pressure from the Trump administration to divest TikTok’s U.S. operations due to national security concerns, has instead submitted a proposal that makes rival bidder Oracle a “trusted

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Joe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

While someone could get some of that same information through other means, the Vote Joe app trivialized obtaining it (among other issues, the software also doesn’t require users to verify their email). Moreover, the App Analyst found Vote Joe pulls in more data than it displays through its user interface, including what seems like a guess on TargetSmart’s part whether a person voted for the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate in a particular election.  

The Biden campaign says it fixed the bug on Friday when it rolled out an update for the app. “We were made aware about how our third-party app developer was providing additional fields of information from commercially available data that was not needed,” a spokesperson for the campaign told TechCrunch. “We worked with our vendor quickly to fix the issue and remove the information. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our staff, volunteers

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Microsoft Criticizes Apple’s New Game Streaming App Store Rules: ‘Bad Experience For Customers’

KEY POINTS

  • Apple introduced new App Store rules, seemingly in response to the backlash over its “monopolistic” handling of the platform
  • The changes, however, don’t give game streaming apps a lot of freedom
  • Microsoft criticized Apple’s new App Store terms for game streaming services as a “bad experience for customers”

Apple has updated its rules to allow some game streaming services, specifically Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia, on the App Store. However, it seems Microsoft does not approve of the Cupertino tech giant’s new terms.

While its new policy makes it appear like Apple is finally giving more room for potential Apple Arcade rivals, the reality is that it isn’t. This move, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, will remain a “bad experience for customers.”

“Gamers want to jump directly into a game from their curated catalog within one app just like they do with movies or songs, and not be

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ByteDance picks Oracle in high-profile bid for video app TikTok

The Chinese company behind TikTok has chosen Oracle as a key partner to help run its U.S. operations, rejecting an acquisition bid from Microsoft in a deal caught up in competing pressures from the Trump administration and Beijing.

The exact value or structure of the deal, including whether Oracle would own part or all of TikTok’s U.S. assets, was not immediately clear. A person familiar with the matter described Oracle as a technology partner to TikTok and did not characterize the transaction as an outright sale.

President Donald Trump hasn’t fully signed off on the deal as of this weekend, a senior administration official said Sunday night. Trump had set a deadline of next Sunday for TikTok to cease operating in the U.S. as a Chinese-owned company.

The win for Oracle came after its top rival, Microsoft, announced on Sunday that its effort had fallen short. Microsoft’s bid, which included

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