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Apple announces web login feature in privacy challenge to Facebook and Google

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Apple has stepped up its privacy war with Facebook and Google by unveiling a challenger to the internet login systems that the two digital advertising giants use to gather data from around the web.

The tech giant announced a new “Login with Apple” feature that will let internet users access websites and apps by linking it to an Apple ID instead of having to remember passwords. The feature is a direct challenge to similar systems designed by Facebook and Google, which the two companies use to collect data on their users.

Facebook and Google’s login systems are used by popular services including Spotify and Airbnb but have been widely criticised for leaking users’ data and for allowing the two web giants to track people’s browsing habits.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal emerged because a quiz app linked to Facebook profiles was able to harvest data about their friends and interests.

Apple, which has touted its privacy credentials in recent months as a way to distance itself from other large tech companies, said its own version would minimise the data handed over to websites, including scrambling a person’s details so that they can be contacted without revealing their email address. Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi said it would be a “fast, easy way to sign in without all the tracking”.

Geoff Blaber, an analyst at CCS Insight, said: “Sign-in with Apple takes Apple’s stance on Privacy beyond a philosophy. This is a significant challenge to Facebook and Google and will deepen awareness of Apple’s position on privacy. Apple will hope that ‘Apple privacy’ will become as important to users as iMessage or Safari

“The focus on privacy and security was palpable and unveiling of “Sign-in With Apple” will concern rivals, particularly the web giants. Existing sign-in services provide a simple means for single sign-in across the web. Privacy is the differentiator that will be heavily emphasized versus Facebook and Google and represents a great marketing tool for Apple’s broader privacy stance.”

It came as the company announced an overhaul of the software that runs on its gadgets as it seeks to keep users tied to its devices amid flattening smartphone sales.

Apple announced new features for the software that runs on its iPhone and Apple Watch, and a revamped operating system for the iPad, which until now has run a bigger version of the iPhone’s iOS software.

In recent years, Apple has attempted to position the iPad as a laptop replacement, but has struggled to convince corporate buyers and professional users to make the switch. It said the new software would include advanced multitasking features and display websites more akin to a computer.

For the first time, apps on the Apple Watch will be able to run independently of the iPhone, for example to let music apps stream over the internet without needing to be connected to a different Apple device.

It also continued its push into health tracking, saying the Apple Watch will be able to detect unhealthy noise levels, track women’s period cycles and remind people when to take medicine.

Apple is preparing to launch a string of new online services this year, including a video streaming service and a game subscription feature, as it seeks to counter flatlining iPhone sales.

The company confirmed it would shut down its media player iTunes after 18 years, splitting the software into separate apps for music, video and podcasts.

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/06/03/apple-announces-web-login-feature-privacy-challenge-facebook/

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How to disconnect your Instagram account from Facebook

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Connecting your Instagram and Facebook accounts allows you to cross-post between the platforms at will but you can also disconnect them whenever you want. 

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  • Whether for privacy reasons or just convenience, there may come a time when you want to disconnect your Instagram and Facebook accounts.
  • While connecting your accounts is a quick and easy process, disconnecting them is even simpler.

Facebook was a massive platform on its own, but now that the media monolith also owns Instagram , it likely owns at least two apps on your phone. Chances are that if you use one of the platforms, you likely use the other, and Instagram makes it easy to cross-post between the two if you simply connect your accounts.

However, there may come a time when you no longer want your Facebook and Instagram accounts linked. Thankfully, disconnecting them is a simple process that can be completed in seconds. Here’s how to do it.

How to disconnect your Instagram account from Facebook

1. On your mobile device or tablet, open the Instagram app.

2. Open your profile page, then tap the three stacked horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner of your screen to reveal a menu of options.

3. At the bottom of the option menu, tap “Settings.”

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4. On the “Settings” page, look for the “Account” option and tap it.

5. Under “Account,” locate the “Linked accounts” option. On this page, you will see Facebook highlighted with the name featured on your Facebook account.

6. To unlink, tap the Facebook option and tap “Unlink account.”

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7. A warning will pop up asking you to confirm your choice to unlink your accounts, and let you know that doing so will make it harder to regain access to Instagram should you get locked out.

8. Click “Yes, Unlink” to complete the process.

Note that disconnecting your Facebook and Instagram accounts doesn’t need to be permanent. You can relink your account at any time via the same menu options used to disconnect.

If you decide to do this, you will need to re-enter your login information and authorize Instagram to access your Facebook account to re-enable cross-posting between the two platforms.

Source: https://www.pulse.ng/bi/tech/how-to-disconnect-your-instagram-account-from-facebook/ntbpcxx

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Apple Getting Rid of iTunes, To Replace It With Separate Apps

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The decision to trash iTunes is on par with Apple’s new vision for its future when it comes to its gadgets. Now there will be separate apps for users to listen to music, watch movies and TV and listen to podcasts. You will still be able to manage your Apple gadget through the music app. The announcement of the move came on the heels of Apple’s upcoming WWDC where the company is expected to confirm the decision and announce how it plans to move going forward.

According to Bloomberg:

iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, hear podcasts, and manage their devices for almost two decades. This year, Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV, and Podcasts – to replace iTunes. That matches Apple’s media app strategy on iPhones and iPads. Without iTunes, customers can manage their Apple gadgets through the Music app. 

Well if you were looking to blow the dust off your iTunes to help manage your new iPod Touch, then you won’t receive this news too well. 18 years is a long time for an app, so the app is rare air when it comes to outlasting the competition.

iTunes had a hell of a run though, never forget.

Source: https://deythere.com/apple-getting-rid-of-itunes-to-replace-it-with-separate-apps/

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WhatsApp Confirms that Status Ads Will be Rolled Out in 2020

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WhatsApp parent company, Facebook has announced that it will be rolling out ads to the messaging platform’s status section in 2020.

Sometime in November last year, WhatsApp confirmed it will be rolling out ads to its status section, but when this will happen was not made known.

But at a Facebook Marketing Summit in Netherlands, the company had revealed the time for the roll out. This will see the messaging platform join sister platforms – Facebook and Instagram, in offering ads via its status section.

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Also, from the pictures shared, one can deduce how the WhatsAp status ads will look like. Apparently, the ads will appear full screeen between WhatsApp status like they do on Facebook. Users will be able to click on the ads to be directed to the advertiser’s website.

This method means that the ads won’t appear if you don’t view status updates. This seems pretty fair compared to other methods of popups which is common for regular android apps.

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The proposed Whatsapp Ads as unveiled by Facebook during its Marketing Summit.

Monetising Whatsapp has been top of the agenda since Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for $19 billion in 2014. And that has caused a rift between Facebook and the social media messaging service’s co-founders, which eventually resulted in their exit.

But soon after rolling out its status feature last year, Facebook announced its plans to roll out adverts on WhatsApp’s status section.

And Whatsapp Status seems like the perfect place to begin monetising. With over a billion active users daily and over 450 million using its status feature, the platform seems ripe for monetisation. 

However, several concerns have been raised about allowing adverts on the platform as this will mean that user data might be mined for targeted advertising. And Facebook is not really in the good books when it comes to user data since it came under heavy fire for data breaches and several other issues.

Facebook also made it known that the advertisements will be powered by Facebook’s native advertising system.

Source: https://technext.ng/2019/05/29/whatsapp-confirms-status-ads-will-rolled-2020/

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