Google and Apple have removed hundreds of apps from their app stores at the request of governments around the world, creating regional disparities in access to mobile apps at a time when many economies are becoming increasingly dependent on them . The mobile phone giants have removed over 200 Chinese apps , including widely downloaded apps like TikTok, at the Indian government’s request in recent years. Similarly, the companies removed LinkedIn, an essential app for professional networking, from Russian app stores at the Russian government’s request . However, access to apps is just one concern. Developers also regionalize apps , meaning they produce different versions for different countries. This raises the question of whether these apps differ in their security and privacy capabilities based on region. In a perfect world, access to apps and app security and privacy capabilities would be consistent everywhere. Popular mobile apps should be available without increasing … [Read more...] about Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them
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Audio player loading… Your casual workplace or life acquiantances might be having more of an effect on your career than you might expect, new research has claimed. LinkedIn has published (opens in new tab) the results of a five-year project involving data from 20 million of its users, analyzing two billion connections between members and the effect they had on 600,000 new jobs on the platform. Somewhat surprisingly, it found weak ties were found to increase job mobility in digital industries, while strong ties had the largest effects in less digital industries. Forming connections with people less known to the individual was also found to increase job mobility, though the effects were observed to diminish after a certain point. LinkedIn People You May Know The connections were split into two distinct categories: weak ties (merely acquaintances and friends of friends) and strong ties (close friends, family, and colleagues). In order to understand the … [Read more...] about LinkedIn says your friends might not actually be helping you get a great new job
As augmented reality (AR) glasses continue to try carving a place among tech enthusiasts, we're seeing another option hit mass availability in the US. In addition to selling the sunglass-like Nreal Air specs in America, Beijing-based company Nreal also announced today a version of its Nebula AR operating system that will work with Apple M1 and M2-powered MacBooks. The Mac version of Nebula works with MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops with Apple silicon and is launching as a beta. Attaching the Air glasses to a MacBook won't give you the same Nebula "AR Space" experience available to supported Android phones . AR Space includes a mixed-reality interface and games and other AR apps made for the glasses. Instead, Mac users will see a virtual UI that Nreal's calling AR Desktop and projects up to three virtual displays at a time, an Nreal rep told Ars Technica. An Nreal rep wouldn't specify when AR Space would come to MacBooks or iOS. In a statement, Nreal co-founder Peng Jin … [Read more...] about Nreal’s $380 AR glasses want to be a virtual monitor for MacBooks
If you’re building a PC or upgrading components, you might be agonizing over what size PSU to buy and whether there’s any such thing as too much PSU. PSUs Don’t Default to Maximum Output The rating for a given PSU is its maximum load rating, not its default load just plugged in and turned on. Your computer might feel like a space heater sometimes—and it certainly adds heat to your home —but it’s not quite like a space heater in the sense that a 500W space heater is either going full bore or it’s not on. Your PSU is like an engine that can be called upon to run harder if necessary but will idle when there is no demand. An 850W PSU doesn’t run at 850W every second it is on, it runs at exactly what the hardware demands. That demand varies between hardware configurations and even what you’re doing with a given hardware configuration. Your GPU, to highlight a particularly power-hungry component, might only draw 50W while you’re fiddling around with work documents (or … [Read more...] about Can You Buy Too Big of a PSU?
Americans went on a home buying spree in August while mortgage rates temporarily dipped, data from the Commerce Department indicated Tuesday. New homes sales jumped 28.8 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 685,000 in August, the Commerce Department said . The increase would have been even larger if not for the upward revision of the July figure from 511,000 to 532,000. That is the third largest percentage increase in records going back to 1963. In June of 2020, home prices jumped 30.6 percent. In April of 1963, they were up 31.2 percent. In July, new home sales fell 8.6 percent. That is a smaller decline than the 12.6 percent reported before revisions. Compared with a year ago, new home sales are down 0.1 percent. Analysts polled by Econoday had forecast new home sales to come in at 498,000 in August. The median sales price of new homes sold in August was $436,800, down 6.3 percent from the record $466,300 in July Mortgage rates dipped in July and … [Read more...] about Sales of New Homes Explode Higher in August Panic Buying Spree
A battle is shaping up in Europe between Google and the major telecom companies of that continent, as the European Commission weighs the question of forcing Big Tech to fund the companies’ network costs. European telecom giants including Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefonica, allege that Google is “free riding” on their networks and ought to pay their fair share, but Google is pushing back. Matt Brittin, president of EMEA business & operations at Google, said the idea was outdated, would raise costs for consumers, and added that Google already invests millions in internet infrastructure. Via Reuters : “Introducing a ‘sender pays’ principle is not a new idea, and would upend many of the principles of the open internet,” he said according to the text of a speech to be delivered at a conference organised by telecoms lobbying group ETNO. It “could have a negative impact on consumers, especially at a time of price increases,” Brittin said, citing a report by … [Read more...] about Google Clashes with European Telecom Companies over Proposed Fees