Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is considering dropping its Bixby virtual assistant and Galaxy Apps Store from its mobile devices as part of a new global revenue-sharing deal with Alphabet Inc's Google, according to correspondence seen by Reuters. Google has tried for years to get Samsung, the world's leading mobile device maker by units sold, to drop its own services and give greater prominence to Google's search, Assistant and Play Store apps, according to a person previously involved in the relationship. The search giant, whose Android software powers phones from Samsung and dozens of other companies, sometimes as an incentive gives manufacturers a portion of ad revenue generated from Google apps featured on their devices. But Samsung has clung to efforts to promote its own apps, from which it can collect all the revenue, despite years of glitches and tepid user interest. The strategy has been challenged in recent months, though, as the novel coronavirus pandemic and a slowdown … [Read more...] about Samsung faces a ‘tough call’ from Google
The Chinese government's approval process for mobile games is slow. "Citing concerns about the proliferation of addiction among minors and the dissemination of offensive content, regulators now adopt a much stricter and slower review process than before they temporarily halted all approvals in 2018," Bloomberg wrote. The government held another approvals process in 2019 but is "known for months-long content reviews that may or may not lead to a monetization license." … [Read more...] about Apple caters to China by pulling thousands of “unlicensed” iPhone games
We hebben gedetailleerde info opgevangen over een LiDAR scanner die op de iPhone 12 Pro en iPhone 12 Pro Max (naast drie lenzen) zou zitten, terwijl de basis iPhone 12 en iPhone 12 Max naar verluidt twee cameralenzen en geen LiDAR scanner hebben. Deze claims zijn gemaakt door meerdere bronnen en de afbeelding hieronder laat zien hoe dit eruit kan zien op de iPhone 12 Pro (gemaakt door Phone Arena). … [Read more...] about Nieuwe iPhone 12: nieuws, prijs, vooruitzichten en alles wat je moet weten
Betrayal One engineer publicly resigned from the company in protest. About three dozen of the company's earliest employees today signed on to a letter to Zuckerberg calling his choice a "betrayal" of the site's early ideals. "The company we joined valued giving individuals a voice as loud as their government's—protecting the powerless rather than the powerful," the former employees wrote. "Facebook isn't neutral, and it never has been. Making the world more open and connected, strengthening communities, giving everyone a voice—these are not neutral ideas. Fact-checking is not censorship. Labeling a call to violence is not authoritarianism. Please reconsider your position." … [Read more...] about Employees, civil rights groups blast Facebook inaction on Trump statements
What looked like a crazy rumor on Friday is seeming more like a real possibility that Microsoft could end up acquiring some part of the U.S. operations of TikTok, a video social-media platform currently owned by Chinese-based ByteDance. One of the factors hampering the potential deal, according to reports, is the willingness of President Donald Trump to refrain from banning outright TikTok from operating in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that discussions involving the White House over making sure TikTok was "American-owned" had been going on for weeks before President Donald Trump said Friday that he was planning to issue an order for TikTok to be banned in the United States. Trump and other U.S. officials have claimed TikTok's parent company ByteDance is mismanaging users' data, posing security risks to U.S. citizens. may get a chance to take minority stakes, Reuters said, citing sources. But over the weekend, it seemed from various reports that … [Read more...] about Has the clock stopped on Microsoft’s possible TikTok takeover?