The past 24 hours have been fairly quiet in terms of "big" stories, but there are still some interesting points to look at. Apple's half-baked News + service is a good service, as is Google's feature gap in ChromeOS.
Apple News: It Turns Out That News + Is Not Very Safe
Apple launched News + just two days ago, but it's already "hacked" "To show that you can watch magazines without one Subscription to pay. Oof.
- Well-known iPhone hacker Steve Troughton-Smith was able to pull magazines out of the cache. Without paying a subscription. Not cool. [ Twitter ]
- Dieter Bohn of Verge took the iPad Air 2019 for a round and called it a "very happy medium" … I think he liked that? [The Verge]
- Yesterday, Apple announced it would close two Texas stores. Today, a report has been released stating that he plans to open a new couple in Singapore. [MacRumors]
Since News + is half baked, that's not surprising, frankly. The entire experience is not very thought-through and it lacks some features – it's all very un-Apple-like. It's as if they're in a hurry to make deals and get them out the door.
Microsoft News: Dropping the Hammer on April Fool's Day Garbage
April Fools Day is the main day of the year. You can not believe what you read. Microsoft is tired of it.
- Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer Chris Caposella has sent a memo to the staff urging them not to participate in April Fool's Day jokes. Do the work of the Lord, this. [The Verge]
After reporting on tech news for almost a decade, April Fool's joke is the only day of the year that I'm more scared than anyone else just because I'm trying to filter what's real from it which is not. Sure, some of them are fun (and of course not really ), but what seems almost possible is just annoying. I am glad to see that Microsoft has done its part to avoid this.
Google News: March Madness Comes to Google
Since the stadia announcement, it's been mostly quiet to Google, but I have some thoughts on Chrome OS after the release of 73 Stable.
- You can listen to March Madness broadcasts on Google Home devices for free – just say "Hey Google, play NCAA March Madness on Westwood One". Finished.
- Gmail gets dynamic actions so you can do more without leaving your inbox. One day maybe the entire web will only be part of Gmail.
- Finally, Chrome OS 73 (stable) was released, which includes a number of new features such as built-in offline drive sync, improved out-of-memory management, Android App audio quality improvements, and more. [Android Police]
- Chrome 75 can install PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) directly from the Omnibox. That's great. [Techdows]
I'm a big fan of Chrome OS, so I think the release of Chrome 73 Stable is the biggest thing – it brings some important improvements. However, there is a problem: Chrome OS suffers from the same fragmentation issues that we see on Android devices. The difference here is that this time it's all Google's fault.
While most Chromebooks get the same core features at the same time, additional support for Android and Linux apps starts to do so because it's pretty much everything everywhere. There are still plenty of Chromebooks that Linux apps will never see, for example due to kernel incompatibility issues.
Android apps running Chrome OS suffer the same fate as different Chromebooks run different Android versions. Currently, very few are on Pie – most are still nougat – which means that few people take full advantage of running Android apps on Chrome OS. As Corbin Davenport of Android Police noted, he could not test the new audio-focus feature for Android apps on Chrome OS 73, since nougat is still running on his Dell Chromebook 14.
One of the main reasons for Chrome OS is that it has been updated and maintained by Google, but as the function gap between Chromebooks expands, I am starting to worry about its future as a non-fragmented operating system.
Related news Verizon is stupid (and so is McDonalds)
Verizon thinks that his campaign "First to 5G" is not misleading, McDonalds will use AI and a stupid Twitter prank that will lock you out of your account leaves.
- The National Advertising Division wants Verizon to be misleading. "First to 5G" campaign, but Big Red has appealed because it does not see the problem. [Ars Technica]
- McDonalds will use AI to automate its Drive-Thru menus, so hot drinks or drinks on a cold day Well, if the ice machine could only learn to repair itself. [Engadget]
- There's a joke around Twitter stating that if you change your birthday to 2007, you're new The truth is that you are being banned from your account because you're under 13. loloops. [The Verge]
- The BBC believes that Google uses its apps to play podcasts instead of them To direct to their applications so all podcasts were retrieved by Google Petty. [Engadget]
The entire 5G scene is so jumbled up right now that it really does make me feel bad n regards the whole thing there. Between Verizon's marketing and the fake 5G E-wastebasket from AT & T I'm pretty much over it. Just give me a fast network that does not charge my phone astronomically or cut off my battery. Cut the crap. Is it that hard?