Instagram Reduces Visibility of ‘Potentially Harmful’ Content, Starts Testing Subscriptions Feature

Instagram Reduces Visibility of ‘Potentially Harmful’ Content, Starts Testing Subscriptions Feature

Instagram announced that it will now take action to reduce the visibility of content it deems “potentially harmful.” The platform already removes posts that violate its Community Guidelines, but this move will help reduce the visibility of posts that lie in the proverbial grey area and could offend some users. It also started testing vertically scrolling stories and Instagram Subscriptions.

Apple Customers in France Will No Longer Get Free EarPods With iPhone

Apple Customers in France Will No Longer Get Free EarPods With iPhone

Following the launch of the iPhone 12, Apple announced that all iPhones will ship without EarPods, citing environmental reasons. However, it made an exception for France owing to the country’s regulations that require all smartphones to be sold with a “handsfree kit.” But that is set to change soon, according to a notice posted by French carrier Fnac.

WhatsApp Testing Ability to Transfer Chats from Android to iPhone

WhatsApp Testing Ability to Transfer Chats from Android to iPhone

Last year, WhatsApp rolled out a feature that allowed you to transfer your chat history from iPhone to Android. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t allow chat transfers from Android to iPhone just yet. However, that is set to change soon, according to WABetaInfo.

2023 iPhone 15 Pro Now Rumored to Feature 5x Periscope Zoom Lens

2023 iPhone 15 Pro Now Rumored to Feature 5x Periscope Zoom Lens

While most Android flagships nowadays feature a periscope zoom lens with a 5-10x zoom range, Apple has continued using a traditional sensor with 2-3x optical zoom. That is not expected to change with the iPhone 14 series this year, but analyst Jeff Pu believes the company could make the switch with the 2023 iPhones.

Senate Greenlights Bill That Would Allow Sideloading of Apps on iOS

Senate Greenlights Bill That Would Allow Sideloading of Apps on iOS

In a win for entities hoping to regulate Big Tech companies, the US Senate Judiciary Committee approved antitrust regulation that would require Apple to allow app sideloading. The American Innovation and Choice Online Act was approved and will now move to the Senate floor for a vote.

Google’s Project Iris Could Rival Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset

Google’s Project Iris Could Rival Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset

Meta has already established its presence in the AR/VR hardware industry with Oculus products, and Apple is rumored to have a strong contender in the offing. However, Google hasn’t thrown in the towel yet. The company is reportedly developing an AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris, that would hopefully ship in 2024.

iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 Release Candidate Download Available Now

iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 Release Candidate Download Available Now

Apple today released the Release Candidate of iOS 15.3 to developers. The first beta was released late last year while the second beta was released last week. It is unusual for Apple to seed a Release Candidate after just two beta releases. However, iOS 15.3 does not look like a major update as the first two betas did not contain any major changes.

Apple Files Countersuit in Response to Ericsson 5G Patent Lawsuit

Apple Files Countersuit in Response to Ericsson 5G Patent Lawsuit

Just days after Ericsson filed two separate lawsuits against Apple, the iPhone maker has hit back with a countersuit requesting for a U.S. import ban against Ericsson’s mobile base stations. The two companies appear to be in a never-ending tussle, with a flurry of lawsuits filed against each other since 2015.

Illinois Bill Could Force Apple’s App Store to Allow Alternative Payment Methods

Illinois Bill Could Force Apple’s App Store to Allow Alternative Payment Methods

A new bill called the Freedom to Subscribe Directly Act has been filed by the state of Illinois, which aims to stop tech companies such as Apple and Google from taking a cut of profits from local app developers. Essentially, the act would allow developers to use alternative modes of payment on the Apple App Store, bypassing its current policies. Last year, Arizona tried to pass a similar bill, but it died out due to lobbying by Apple and Google.

iOS 15 Patched Vulnerability That Exposed Apple ID Information to Third-Party Apps

iOS 15 Patched Vulnerability That Exposed Apple ID Information to Third-Party Apps

Apple recently updated a support document and revealed that the iOS 15 update includes two critical security patches that prevent Apple ID information and in-app search history from being exposed to malicious third-party apps. The update also fixed a vulnerability that allowed apps to override your Privacy preferences and access sensitive data.