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Apple removes Fakespot from App Store after Amazon complains

The Amazon shopping app in the Google Play Store on an Android smartphone.Christoph Dernbach | picture alliance | Getty ImagesApple has removed Fakespot, a well-known app for detecting fake product reviews, from its App Store after Amazon complained the app provided misleading information and potential security risks.Fakespot's app works by analyzing the credibility of an Amazon listing's reviews and gives it a grade of A through F. It then provides shoppers with recommendations for products with high customer satisfaction.Amazon said it reported Fakespot to Apple for investigation after it grew concerned that a redesigned...

Inside the Fight To Become the Dominant Delivery App

Back in 2019, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney was coming to grips with a new reality. “We believe online diners are becoming more promiscuous,” he wrote to shareholders after a particularly mediocre quarter. Grubhub had spent years as the market leader in restaurant delivery. But by fall 2019, it was no longer on top. Earlier that year, DoorDash overtook GrubHub in sales for the first time ever. And competitive pressure was closing in from all sides. Uber had gone public just months before and was flush with cash, which was good news for Uber Eats,...

Uber Eats Claims It Will Tackle App Issue That Outs Its Trans Drivers

On June 1, with Pride Month in full swing, Uber rolled out Right to Pride, an initiative designed to “empower a better experience for our LGBTQIA+ community, and particularly the transgender community,” according to the company’s website. While Uber had already created community guidelines that expressly forbid discrimination, as well as an in-app option to report it, the new initiative’s bulleted list of upcoming measures included changing the Uber app to allow “trans and nonbinary drivers and delivery people to display only their self-identified chosen first name,” as well as the establishment of a...

I Tried Future Fitness App. Here’s My Review

  When I learned over 50% of all people that sign up for a gym membership go only once a week or bail on the experience altogether, I wasn’t surprised. A few years back I joined a small local gym determined to stay active and get fit. It was close to my house and started out great. I was going 4-5 times a week, attending classes, and was keeping up with it. But, as time went on I got bored with my routine and the equipment there.  My last straw was when a personal...

Vestager zeroes in on Apple’s App Store with antitrust charges in Spotify case – POLITICO

EU digital and competition chief Margrethe Vestager is homing in on one of Apple's growing sources of revenue: the App Store. The European Commission on Friday denounced how Apple's rules for app developers give Apple Music an unfair advantage over rival music streaming services, in an assault on the iPhone maker's business model. The case started after a complaint from Spotify. Apple "abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store," the Commission concluded in its preliminary view after its 10-month investigation. "Our preliminary finding is that Apple...

Apple’s App Store breaks competition rules after Spotify complaint

CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 10, 2019.Stephen Lam | ReutersLONDON — Apple has "abused its dominant position" in the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store, the European Commission said Friday."Our preliminary finding is that Apple exercises considerable market power in the distribution of music streaming apps to owners of Apple devices. On that market, Apple has a monopoly," Margrethe Vestager, the head of competition policy in the EU, said in a press conference.The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, opened an antitrust...

New York Launches Vaccine Status Mobile Phone App : NPR

New York and IBM created a smart phone app that can display a persons coronavirus vaccine or recent testing status. It's for use at venues with larger crowds. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: New York state is launching a new phone app that will allow people to quickly show their coronavirus testing or vaccination status. Officials say the Excelsior Pass will give people quicker access to gatherings, including sports arenas and large weddings, where the state's public health rules are still in effect. NPR's Brian Mann reports. BRIAN MANN, BYLINE: When Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a...

Delivery App Workers Experience Pay Cuts, Scams, and Unfair Penalties

Apps like Uber, Instacart and Postmates initially drew in gig workers with the promise of easy money (pick up a shift on your lunch break!), flexible hours, and unlimited earning potential. The reality, however, is that the apps’ workers face increasing challenges like low wages, scams, and penalties, all of which have been getting worse in recent weeks. According to a report from Motherboard, Instacart has been temporarily suspending the accounts of Instacart workers who cancel deliveries, even in “no fault” special cases where no one was home or a minor ordered alcohol. Instacart...

The Rise of the Wellness App

Our dependency on technology has concentrated wealth in America, making San Francisco home to the most billionaires per capita than any other city. Nearly all of them are white, cisgender men. The pay disparities that have long existed in Silicon Valley are growing, reproducing race and class hierarchies that devalue domestic and menial labor and errand work and obfuscating the human cost of increasing our ease in ordering groceries or takeout. This dystopian side stays hidden from view, which helps us ignore it and stay enmeshed with it. Before the pandemic, the grocery-delivery app...

Students find creating covid-19 tracing app for school was easy. Navigating fault lines of the teenage pull to socializing was more treacherous.

Based on that faith, Amrit, a big data and machine learning enthusiast, teamed up with a programming partner, Beck Lorsch, 17, who has released six iOS apps. They spent the summer building an app intended to help their private high schools in Marin County, Calif., contain the spread of covid-19.“They’re sick of online learning,” Amrit said. An app, the young men thought, could help overcome the obstacles to returning to the classroom for high-schoolers, who are considered more at-risk for serious illness from the virus and more likely to behave in ways that could...