Twitter is letting all users limit replies to their tweets on iOS

An update to Twitter’s iOS app lets all users limit who can reply to their tweets. Twitter has been experimenting with this feature since May, but now seems to be rolling out it more widely. “In May, we tested a new way to have a chat with exactly who you want, so you can create … Read more Twitter is letting all users limit replies to their tweets on iOS

Apple Maps’ Look Around feature gets first international expansion

Look Around, the Apple Maps feature that provides 360-degree views of locations at ground level, is starting to expand outside the US. Unusually for Apple, it’s coming to Japan before anywhere else, and is now live in four cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kyoto. The update was spotted by Ata Distance. Look Around is essentially … Read more Apple Maps’ Look Around feature gets first international expansion

Apple’s new universal gift card can be used to purchase ‘Everything Apple’

If you wanted to buy yourself or someone you love an Apple gift card, it used to be a bit complicated. Apple offered two separate gift cards: an iTunes card, which you could use for purchases on the App Store, iTunes Store, and / or to increase your iCloud storage, and an Apple Store card, … Read more Apple’s new universal gift card can be used to purchase ‘Everything Apple’

Apple reportedly acquires startup that could turn iPhones into payment terminals

Apple has acquired a startup with technology that could turn iPhones into mobile payment terminals, Bloomberg reported. Montreal-based Mobeewave has tech that requires only an NFC chip to work, allowing users to tap either their smartphone or a credit card to another phone for payment processing. NFC chips have been included in iPhones since the … Read more Apple reportedly acquires startup that could turn iPhones into payment terminals

Brace yourselves: Google’s Pixel 4A is finally, probably coming Monday

With a rumored $349 price, OLED screen, Google’s great camera, and a good-enough processor, the upcoming Pixel 4A sounds like it’ll be a tough deal to beat for those who don’t need a premium phone. And it looks like the phone will finally be launching on August 3rd. Google has officially confirmed that a new … Read more Brace yourselves: Google’s Pixel 4A is finally, probably coming Monday

Apple is now the world’s most valuable publicly traded company

Apple is now the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, passing Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco. As of close of business Friday, Apple has a market valuation of $1.84 trillion, while Saudi Aramco’s is $1.76 trillion, according to CNBC. Apple’s stock, which has been on a largely-steady climb since the end of March, … Read more Apple is now the world’s most valuable publicly traded company

In the pandemic economy, tech companies are raking it in

From a pure entertainment perspective, I am genuinely sorry that the House’s antitrust hearing targeting the big four tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — took place Wednesday instead of next week. Because literally a day after a meeting attempting to determine if Big Tech was too big, three of the four companies … Read more In the pandemic economy, tech companies are raking it in

Google One will backup iOS or Android devices for free

Google One, the cloud storage service that Google launched back in 2018, will now backup your iOS or Android phone for free with your Google account. The iOS app will be able to backup your photos, videos, contacts and calendar events, consolidating what’s offered by different services like Photos and Drive into one place, Android … Read more Google One will backup iOS or Android devices for free

Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus get their first Emmy nominations

The nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are in, and once again, streaming services dominated the nominees. Netflix led the pack with 160 nominations, with Amazon and Hulu making waves, too. But there are also some big new names on the list this year, with Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, and even Quibi picking … Read more Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus get their first Emmy nominations

What Congress should ask at Wednesday’s tech antitrust hearing

A few minutes after I sent out Thursday’s newsletter previewing this week’s antitrust hearing, news came that the event would be postponed to accommodate the memorial for Rep. John Lewis. Indeed it was, but only for two days: the hearing will now take place on Wednesday, and you can stream it here. The bad news … Read more What Congress should ask at Wednesday’s tech antitrust hearing