Who's Winning the Native App War?


Who's Winning the Native App War?

Picking a smartphone is about more than choosing between iOS and Android: It’s also about deciding which apps to use for email, driving directions, music and so on. Having tested and used both sets of native apps for years, Gizmodo this week offered its "definitive verdict" on the state of play in 2019. 


Next for Facebook: A Global Financial System

Facebook this week unveiled an ambitious plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a cryptocurrency, called Libra, that the company has been secretly working on for more than a year. The New York Times looks at how the virtual currency actually would work. Writing on The Conversation, Syracuse University assistant professor Jennifer Grygiel wonders: Is Mark Zuckerberg declaring that he wants Facebook to become a virtual nation, populated by users and powered by a self-contained economy?


Not Yet Launched, Quibi Already Is on a Fast Track


Quibi, the upcoming short-form streaming service led by producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard chief Meg Whitman, has sold $100 million worth of advertisements ahead of its planned spring 2020 launch, The Wrap reports. Vanity Fair takes an in-depth look at the company, which has raised $1 billion in funding from investors such as Disney and Viacom.


Taking Responsibility for the ‘Chaos Factory’


Addressing Stanford University's graduating class on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook took Silicon Valley to task, saying the tech industry that has produced numerous breakthroughs "is becoming better known for a less noble innovation: the belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility." Added Cook: "If you’ve built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos. Taking responsibility means having the courage to think things through."


How Dropbox Is Moving Beyond the Folder


Dropbox’s all-new version adds full-blown Windows and Mac apps, integrations with other workplace tools, and more, Fast Company reports. For the first time, Dropbox is emerging from Windows and MacOS file systems; with its own full-fledged app, it can meld itself with other key productivity offerings such as Slack and Zoom.


Facebook Will Remove Some Business Page Info Sections

This week Facebook outlined a new business page update that will see the removal of certain information sections, with prompts urging page admins to integrate those fields into other sections, Social Media Today reports. The change, effective Aug. 1, will see the following sections removed from business-page age listing options: Mission, Company Overview, Biography, Affiliation and Personal Interests.


Is GPS Rewiring Our Brains?


Hundreds of millions of people now rarely travel without personal GPS-equipped devices. These gadgets are extremely powerful and useful, but when people are told which way to turn, it relieves them of the need to create their own routes and remember them. And, as M.R. O’Connor, author of “Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World,” writes in the Washington Post, neuroscientists say that brain behavior changes when people rely on turn-by-turn directions.


The iOS and Android Updates: What You Should Know

New versions of the Apple and Google operating systems are packed with hundreds of new features. Here are a few that the New York Times tech staff think you should know about. Both upgrades are expected by the fall.


How to Protect Your Smartphone

Smartphones can easily get lost or stolen, and they are constantly online sending and receiving signals, so they are always a target for criminals. To keep your phone and its contents away from prying eyes and sticky fingers, Digital Trends writes, you need to develop a strategy for protecting your valuable information.


Political Cat-astrophe


As Pakistani politician Shaukat Yousafzai learned last week, social media is a great way to connect with constituents and drum up attention. But remember: It might be the kind of attention you don't want. Yousafzai's press conference was live-streamed on Facebook—with the cat filter turned on, Vox reports. His party blamed the incident on "human error."