A war of words appears to be underway between Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with MSNBC and Recode on Wednesday that Silicon Valley, and notably Facebook, should be far more careful with its customers’ data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica disclosures.
“I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” he said, according to Recode. “However, I think we’re beyond that here.”
Cook reiterated points that he and former CEO Steve Jobs made previously, that Apple’s business model—unlike Google, Facebook, and many other tech companies—is predicated on selling physical products rather than capturing data about customers.
In an attempt to make it easier for schools and educational customers to bring iPad into the classroom, Apple is providing its 2018 iPad at a discount, cutting the just-announced tablet from the regular starting price of $ 329 down to $ 299.
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Why do you think Jeff Bezos wants to know about that?
What about news?
Perhaps Amazon is trying to answer that question. It has commissioned a survey that queries customers about their news consumption habits — specifically, the way they watch TV news.
Amazon recently hired research firm Qualtrics to ask Amazon users how they “experience the news.” A helpful reader sent us screenshots of the survey; we’ll post a selection below.
No comment from Amazon PR. But it’s worth noting that a couple of the questions have to do with customers’ use the company’s Fire TV video hardware, so it’s possible that it’s related to the people who work in that group. Also noted: Like any video platform, Fire TV already supports plenty of news apps. One last note: Amazon spent time trying to build a pay TV service, then backed away from the idea.
And the requisite caveat: Amazon asking customers about something does not equal Amazon doing something. It’s reasonable to assume that Amazon conducts many surveys about many products and services, and in most cases they lead to… not that much.
Still! Aren’t you glad you can get a tiny peek into Amazon’s head, and learn about what they’re interested in learning about? Me, too.
First, Amazon wanted to make sure that survey respondents didn’t work for one of its big competitors. Note who’s on this particular list — Comcast and Verizon, along with some Very Big Tech Companies — and who’s not, including Facebook and Netflix.
Amazon also wanted to make sure that bloggers or “news-casters” weren’t weighing in on this, either.
On to the show: Amazon wanted to know how often users watched the news. That’s “watch,” not “read” or “listen to.”
Another news–watching question:
What kind of news — local, national or international — do you care about?
Let’s drill down a bit:
And now, a question about “news sources”: Note that this one mixes TV networks with newspapers with websites with social media (just like everyone else does).
Here are a couple more clues that whoever paid for this survey is spending time thinking about the way you think about Fire TV:
And one last: Another question about the way you think about news, framed in ways that you probably don’t (may not?) think about news.
Bloatware can be a pain, with pre-installed apps from your carrier cluttering up your app drawer and taking up precious internal storage space. Now one carrier has announced that it’s doing something about bloatware.
German operator Deutsche Telekom — parent company of T-Mobile US — is letting customers skip preinstalled carrier apps. In a recent blog post, DT explains that it’s allowing customers to opt out of bloatware in order to give them more freedom of choice and more timely updates.
Now when DT customers start up their new device for the first time, they’ll be presented with their carrier’s recommended apps after going through the manufacturer’s initial setup. They can then select the apps they want to install, reboot the phone, and then begin using their device like normal. DT also says that customers can choose to delete carrier apps and change settings in the future if they change their mind.
The devices that are eligible for this program include Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S9 and S9+ as well as devices like the Galaxy A3 (2018); Huawei’s P10 and P10 Plus; Sony’s Xperia XZ1 Compact; most of Nokia’s new devices; and all Google Pixel devices.
Operators like preinstalled apps because they get you to try applications that you normally may not install, including apps from companies that the carriers partner with, but it can be annoying because they clutter up your phone and often can’t be deleted. This is a pretty awesome move by Deutsche Telekom, and hopefully it’s something that we’ll see more carriers adopt in the future.
T-Mobile has been treating its customers to free MLB.TV streaming subscriptions for a few years now, and that offer is making a return in 2018.
T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll offer a free MLB.TV subscription to customers next week. The offer will be part of the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, and customers will need to redeem it between March 27 and April 2 by 11:59 pm ET. Subscribers will need to be connected to the T-Mo network to redeem this offer, and they’ll need to sign up for MLB.TV by April 2 at 11:59 pm ET.
A subscription to MLB.TV includes streaming every out-of-market game live on demand. T-Mo customers will be able to watch on their Android and iOS devices thanks to the inclusion of MLB AT Bat Premium, and they can also watch on consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and devices like the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast.
In addition to this free MLB.TV subscription, T-Mobile customers can score a 25 percent off discount to MLBShop.com next week and 10 cents off per gallon of gas at Shell, up to 20 gallons. T-Mobile is also giving away a prize that’ll see a lucky winner get an all-expenses-paid trip for two to MLB All-Star Week from July 15-18 in Washington D.C.
T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom has announced it will give customers the option to choose which apps they want to install on new Android devices. The feature, spotted by Android Central, is designed to combat unwanted preinstalled apps or “bloatware,” a source of frustration for many users. Deutsche Telecom also notes that manufacturers will now provide direct firmware updates, which the company says will make them more timely.
Bloatware is a problem for many devices on many platforms. Manufacturers and carriers pre-install apps on phones which they envision to be useful, but in reality they’re often unnecessary and take up precious space. The worst part of bloatware is that users aren’t able to easily delete the superfluous…
T-Mobile has a history of sending out pre-orders of major flagship smartphones ahead of their official release dates. It did this with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and with the Galaxy Note 8, and now it’s happening with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, too. Customers who pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are receiving their phones today. The devices have already hit the doorsteps of TmoNews … [read full article]
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