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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday Feb 1st, 2019.|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|SL||Amazon reported Q4 earnings per share of $6.04 on revenue of $72.4 billion. Analysts had expected earnings of $5.65 on revenue of $71.88 billion. Amazon Web Services revenue grew 45% on the year to $7.43 billion. While AWS now accounts for 10% of overall revenue, it represents 58% of operating income, with $2.18 billion on the quarter. Amazon's "Other" segment, which largely consists of ad sales, grew 95% on the year to $3.39 billion in revenue.||http://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/aws-earnings-q4-2018.html|
|LW||Apple temporarily revoked Google's Enterprise Certificate for the App Store, preventing use of iOS apps for internal testing by the company. TechCrunch reported that Google was violating Apple's rules for these certificates by distributing the Screenwise Meter app outside of Apple's App Store. |
Facebook faced a similiar temporary loss of its Enterprise Certificate from Apple after TechCrunch reported on the Facebook Research VPN app violated its terms of service. Revoking the security certicates not only disabled the violating apps, but reportedly broke all internal testing iOS apps and tools used by the organizations.
As of Thursday night, Apple confirmed that both Facebook's and Google's Enterprise certificates were restored.
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|:33||SL||In Amazon's latest quarterly earnings report, the company said it received a record 850,000 work applications for hourly jobs in the US in October 2018 after the company said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Nov. 1... that's more than double its previous record for job applications received in a single month. Amazon said the new $15 minimum applies to more than 250,000 current employees in the US and 17,000 employees in the UK, and more than 200,000 seasonal workers.||https://qz.com/1539536/amazon-job-applications-doubled-after-it-raised-its-minimum-wage-to-15/|
|:36||LW||Alphabet’s life science arm Verily has pitched a prototype of smart shoes - how smart? They can track weight, movement, and potentially even detect falls. A co-development partner would be necessary to move forwrad, sources tell CNBC. Besides shoes, Verily’s team is working health-related hardware projects including “smart” contact lenses and a “smart” spoon to make it easier for people with movement disorders to eat.||https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/01/alphabet-verily-built-health-tracking-shoes-prototype.html|
|:39||SL||Alphabet's Loon subsidiery announced a partnership with the Canadian telecommunications company Telesat to use Loon's “temporal-spatial” software defined-network to manage Telesat's new fleet of low Earth Orbit satelites. Loon originally developed the proproetary software to provide internet access via an LTE balloon fleet. It can adjust the shape of the network to account for the shifts of both nodes and end-users in physical orientation and across time simultaneously. Telesat plans to use the tech to provide internet connectivity to remote areas like ships at sea and planes in flight.||http://www.theverge.com/2019/1/31/18200879/alphabet-project-loon-sdn-networking-technology-telesat-satellite-deal|
|:42||LW||Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, and Huawei is set to announce an (expected) foldable device. Huawei’s keynote is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th, at 2PM Barcelona time / 8AM ET. Huawei also promised that MWC will see “the world’s first 5G foldable device.”||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/2/1/18206539/huawei-foldable-phone-mwc-2019|
|:45||SL||Apple announced a fix for the bug in FaceTime allowing users to eavesdrop on people before they accept a call saying it will be rolled out in a software update next week. The company thanked the Thompson family who tried to warn Apple about the bug adding ““We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible.”||https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/01/apple-facetime-privacy/|
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|:48||What's going with Apple's AppStore Facebook and Google|
|Monday Facebook was reported to be misusing an Apple-issued certificate.|
Those certiticates are only meant for companies to use to distribute internal, employee-only apps without having to go through the Apple App Store vetting store.
But Facebook used that certificate to sign a VPN app called "Research" that Facebook distributed outside to the public bypassing the App Store violating Apple’s rules.
Google was caught yesterday doing the same thing. with an app screenwise meter although unlike the FB app did not ask for root access and could not access encrypted data on the phone.
IN this time of controversy over how big tech companies collect and use data does this add yet another reason for lawmakers to regulate these firms?
2) Does this send a message to other businesses that rely on the App Store/iOS ecosystem that whether you agree/disagree with Apple policy or if your apps are for testing its their world and you cross them at your peril.
|Everything you need to know about Facebook, Google’s app scandal||https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/01/facebook-google-scandal/|
|Why Apple went to war with Facebook and Google this week||https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/1/18205960/apple-facebook-google-app-store-pull-blocked-vergecast-339|
|ProBeat: If your company uses iOS, it’s time for an internal audit||https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/01/probeat-if-your-company-uses-ios-its-time-for-an-internal-audit/|
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|Scott on our Ultraviolet shutdown story from yesterday -|
For as long as people are willing to outsource and rent things versus OWN them, this will forever be the case as you will always be at the mercy of companies either making decisions in your favor, or simply continuing to exist. People want technology to solve this problem, but there's a fundamental contradiction here that won't be solved by technology. Streaming services are fickle regarding what's there today and gone tomorrow, and things like UV and Movies Anywhere are ephemeral in and of themselves. The actual solution is for people to stop criticizing and dismissing ownership as something antiquated that only old people do, and instead use technology to augment ownership and provide them the features they desire. I find that solution in Plex, which my family and I use exponentially more than even my extensive UV collection. This way, I know my content will remain available to stream to all our devices until *I* choose to remove it. If something happens to Plex itself, I still have my original discs and can migrate my collection to the next great thing.
(This is not necessarily expensive: I pick up almost all my DVDs and Blu-rays on big sales or used off eBay)
As the old adage against outsourcing goes: "nobody cares about your stuff more than you". If you want the benefits and safety of ownership, you need to stop moving away from ownership.
|Tom merritt chimes in - |
Please make the point on my behalf that no one is losing ownership of anything with UV shutting down. Their just stopping the linking of accounts across stores
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