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May 3

Apple hires former Google Brain scientist to lead new AI research unit

Apple has hired former Google distinguished scientist Samy Bengio, according to a new report from Reuters. Bengio led Google’s artificial intelligence ethics group up until last month, when he departed amid a broader shakeup on the team.

As Epic case begins, senior Google engineer undermines one of Apple’s arguments

On the day that the Apple/Epic case begins, a senior Google engineer has used a blog post to undermine a key part of the Cupertino company’s antitrust defense. Apple denies that the iOS App Store amounts to a monopoly, for two reasons. First, it says that developers can create apps for other platforms, like Android […]

April 19

Facebook launches tool to export posts and notes to Google Docs and more

Facebook today announced a tool to export posts and notes to Google Docs, WordPress.com, and Blogger. This feature is part of the Data Transfer Project launched in 2018 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so all users across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.

April 20

Chromecast with Google TV costs less than the new Siri Remote that makes Apple TV usable

Apple’s Spring Loaded event this morning saw a number of product and service unveils. On the television and media front, the Apple TV 4K was revamped, but the real highlight was a new Siri Remote that addresses how frustrating the original is to use. That $59 remote can be purchased separately for older Apple TV models, and it’s somehow more expensive than the Chromecast with Google TV.

April 14

Google Assistant can now find/ring silenced iPhones as Duplex expands to online food orders

Google today announced a handful of new Assistant features, while making others more widely available. The biggest lets iPhone owners find misplaced devices using Google Smart Displays and speakers as Assistant Routines availability expands.

April 12

[Update: Photos] Google releases on iOS resume in earnest with Gmail, Search, Maps

At the start of last month, Google started to release new iOS versions of the YouTube family of applications following a long, unspecified pause. Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, and other apps were updated today in a seeming return to normal for iPhone and iPad owners. 

April 30

Google Podcasts gets redesigned Now Playing UI on iOS, lets you block recommendations

While recent weeks have seen a flurry of developments in the podcasting industry, Google has remained relatively quiet about its offering. That said, Google Podcasts has just redesigned the Now Playing screen on iOS and has widely rolled out the ability to block recommendations.

April 17

Apple @ Work: How Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 have led to a boom in email app innovation in the workplace

In 2009, I was starting my career in IT, and even at the time, the idea of managing a local email server seemed like a colossal waste of resources. I began investigating what was then known as Google Apps for your Domain as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange.

April 19

Microsoft Edge, Apple’s Safari, and Firefox have no plans to adopt Google’s FLoC initiative

After Google started rolling out FLoC to some Chrome users as a replacement for third-party cookies, the technology has become rather controversial. Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, and Mozilla Firefox have confirmed they don’t have immediate plans to adopt FLoC.

April 16

First smart home products using new Apple, Amazon, and Google ‘CHIP’ tech could ship this year

Back in 2019, Apple joined Amazon, Google, the Zigbee Alliance, and over 170 other companies to work on a new smart home standard called CHIP. After some delays, new smart home devices will be able to get certification for CHIP late this year which means we could see the first products arrive on the market […]

April 12

Google and Apple block NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app update over privacy issues

The UK government is bungling yet another aspect of the pandemic response as it appears Google and Apple have blocked a recent update to the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app over location sharing issues.

April 6

Google rolling out first Chrome for iOS update since November

Unlike other first-party apps, Google’s browser has historically followed a strict, publicized six-week release cycle. After going without updates for the past four months, a new version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad is rolling out now.

April 26

iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency toggle mysteriously grayed out for some users

Apple today finally made the new App Tracking Transparency feature available to users, which is part of the newly released iOS 14.5. The new feature lets users opt out of being tracked by third-party apps, but the toggle is grayed out for some users even after installing iOS 14.5 — which has made people confused […]

May 5

iOS 14: How to use detailed cycling directions in Apple Maps [U]

A valuable update to Apple Maps that came with iOS 14 is cycling directions. While Google Maps has had this feature for some time, Apple goes a step further by including if you’ll be using bike lanes or side roads on your route, a toggle to avoid busy roads or hills, and more. Read along for a look at how to use the Apple Maps cycling directions in iOS 14.

Update May 2021: Apple has expanded the feature recently across California and Seattle.

May 6

9to5Mac Daily: May 06, 2021 – Apple AI hire, App Store ads

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Sponsored by Crypto Pro: Bitcoin / crypto ticker and portfolio. Get a month of Premium with code 9TO5MAC.

May 4

Report: Android apps send student data to ‘very high-risk’ third parties 8x more often than iOS

A new study published today takes an in-depth look at how apps used in schools are sharing children’s data with third parties. The research found the majority of school apps transmit data and that Android is 8x more likely to be sending that data to “very high-risk” third parties than iOS.

May 7

Apple likely to win Epic Games case, but could still make concessions to developers

The consensus view of the Epic Games case is that Apple is likely to win, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has today suggested that it may not be quite as clear cut as that. He argues that Apple may end up making some further concessions to developers to help fend off similar lawsuits and antitrust investigations […]

April 17

‘School Assistant’ is a universal app to help students manage their school tasks

If you ever needed help to track your assignments, manage your schedule or check Google Classroom, there’s an app that can help you with that. ‘School Assistant’ is a free app developed by Sun Apps to assist you during school days.

April 21

Ahead of Apple antitrust hearing, Sen. Klobuchar calls AirTag launch ‘timely’

The US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on antitrust is holding a hearing today over competition concerns about Apple and Google. Just ahead of the hearing, Senator Klobuchar who chairs the subcommittee has said that Apple’s launch of its new AirTag item tracker is “timely” and that she believes both companies’ app stores need more scrutiny.

April 27

Epic deposition reveals Eddy Cue pushed to bring iMessage to Android in 2013, but was overruled

New filings in the Epic vs. Apple legal battle have shed additional light on Apple’s decision-making process regarding bringing iMessage to Android. As it turns out, Apple senior VP Eddy Cue pushed for iMessage to come to Android in 2013, but was overruled by other Apple executives.

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