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Australia’s competition boss is rallying global regulators to take on Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- August 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Rod Sims, chair of competition watchdog the ACCC, has told his colleagues around the world that the dominance of Apple and Google in app marketplaces may need to be tackled globally with new rules and regulations. In a speech to the Global Competition Review webinar outlining how Australia has been tackling the issue through the… Read more »

Global tech

Here’s how Apple can scan iCloud for child abuse photos and still protect your privacy

- August 13, 2021 4 MIN READ

The proliferation of child sexual abuse material on the internet is harrowing and sobering. Technology companies send tens of millions of reports per year of these images to the nonprofit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The way companies that provide cloud storage for your images usually detect child abuse material leaves you vulnerable… Read more »

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Global tech

Apple just lost its bid to stop Fortnite’s Epic Games suing it in Australia

- July 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

Apple’s attempt to block Epic Games, the company behind the hit video game Fortnite, from suing it in Australia over anti-competitive behaviour has been overturned on appeal by the Federal Court. Epic has filed anti-competition complaints against Apple in the European Union, UK, US and Australia, complaining about a range of restrictive conditions on the… Read more »

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Data privacy

Apple’s latest iOS update has app tracking controls that threaten Facebook’s revenue. Here’s how it works and whether you should you use it

- April 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Apple users across the globe are adopting the latest operating system update, called iOS 14.5, featuring the now-obligatory new batch of emojis. But there’s another change that’s arguably less fun but much more significant for many users: the introduction of “app tracking transparency”. This feature promises to usher in a new era of user-oriented privacy,… Read more »

Global tech

LIFT YOUR APP GAME: Australia’s competition regulator takes aim at Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- April 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

The “significant market power” of the Apple App Store and Google Play in Australia needs to be addressed says Rod Sims, chair of competition regulator the ACCC, to give app developers better terms and conditions, as well as improving the approvals process The second part of the ACCC’s Digital Platform Services Inquiry interim report, which focuses… Read more »

Global tech

The battle between Apple and Epic Games over Fortnite staying on the App store is starting to play out in Australia’s courts

- March 4, 2021 3 MIN READ

The fight between Epic Games, the company behind the wildly popular video game Fortnite, and tech giant Apple, which banned the company from its App store in August last year, is currently playing out in the Australian legal system, as well as the US, UK and Europe Last month Epic Games announced it had filed… Read more »

Global tech

Is releasing the new iPhone 12 without a charger really a smart waste-reduction move, or clever cash grab by Apple?

- October 19, 2020 4 MIN READ

Apple has released its new smartphone, the iPhone 12, without an accompanying charger or earbuds. Users have harshly criticised the company for this move and will have to purchase these accessories separately, if needed. While some see it as cost-cutting, or a way for Apple to profit further by forcing customers to buy the products… Read more »

Opinion

The fight between Apple, Google and Fortnite reveals how far big tech will go to retain power

- August 24, 2020 4 MIN READ

There has been a clash of clans in mobile gaming, with angry birds Apple, Google and Epic Games in a saga over in-app payments. Video game developer Epic’s massively popular “battle royale” game Fortnite was removed from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store last week. Android players can still download the game directly… Read more »

Opinion

COVIDSafe is a dud: it’s time Australia joined the international effort on contact tracing

- July 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project the COVIDSafe app was “a great platform”. When it comes down to it, is the… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- June 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Is it Wednesday already? Lots of global news today. Don’t forget to tune into the Startup Daily show on the business TV streaming channel ausbiz.com.au every weekday, 2-3pm, where we talk to startup founders, investors and innovators about everything tech. If you’ve missed an episode, you can catch up on the ausbiz site here.   1.  Wirecard’s ex-CEO arrested We… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- June 17, 2020 6 MIN READ

Welcome to Wednesday Don’t forget to tune into the Startup Daily show on the business TV streaming channel ausbiz.com.au every weekday, 2-3pm, where we talk to startup founders, investors and innovators about everything tech. If you’ve missed an episode, you can catch up on the ausbiz site here. 1. EU v Apple on competition The EU’s competition watchdog has some… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- April 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Hello. Yes, it’s been a while as we focused on coronavirus, but we figure it’s time to resume normal service. It’s Friday, tomorrow is Anzac Day and we’ll be innovating the commemoration. Let’s do this.   1. Apple’s email malware Apple users, smug for decades when it came to malware, must be getting increasingly… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- March 4, 2020 3 MIN READ

Hello hump day Here’s what we’ve spotted.   1. Apple settles US class action for US$500m Apple will pay up to US$500 million to settle a California class action over the software that slowed down older iPhone models. Under the deal, Apple will offer US$25 to affected iPhone owners, although that figure remains fluid depending… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- February 10, 2020 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Monday team. Here’s what we’ve seen.   1.  iFined for slowdown The French version of the ACCC, the DGCCRF, has fined Apple €25 million (AU$41m) for the 2017 iOS update that slowed down older iPhone models. Apple’s sin was not slowing down the phones, which the company claimed was to prolong the life of… Read more »