Mobile apps were one of 2020's biggest winners, surpassing a record-setting $100 billion worldwide through November, Business Insider reports. The U.S. led international spending on mobile apps, with almost $130 million spent across Google Play and the Apple App Store over the Christmas holiday. Tik Tok was the year's top non-gaming app, hitting over 2.6 billion installations.
Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. Now, the New York Times reports, he wants to put people in control of their personal data—and Berners-Lee says he has technology and a startup focused on moving toward “the web that I originally wanted.” Can he succeed?
In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, both Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump, as did a number of smaller platforms. And Parler was effectively pushed off the internet, as Apple and Google removed it from their app stores, and Amazon kicked it off Amazon Web Services. The Verge talked to Daphne Keller, a platform regulation expert, on how to moderate what happens on the internet.
Signal, once a niche messaging service for the privacy-minded, is currently the most downloaded app in the United States, Recode reports. Its newfound popularity is due to a convergence of reasons, including WhatsApp’s changing policies and the violence at the Capitol that led many tech companies to deplatform Trump and his followers.
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This year, the technologies that we’re likely hear the most about won’t be fancy devices like smartphones or big-screen television sets. It will be the stuff we don’t usually see: workhorse software and internet products, writes tech columnist Brian Chen. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed us to embrace useful technology that was often overlooked.
Mailchimp, the reigning champ of email marketing, is acquiring Chatitive, a company focused on business communications via text messaging, reports Fast Company. Initially, the two services will continue to be run separately, but Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut says he expects that SMS support from Chatitive will be integrated into Mailchimp’s marketing packages in a matter of months.
OZY brought in $50 million in revenue last year, helping it hit profitability for the first time in its seven-year history, Axios reports. It launched in 2013 as a digital-native outlet that aimed to help inspire innovators and people who were curious about trends shaping the country. OZY has since raised roughly $70 million from venture capital groups and has 75 full-time employees.
Coronavirus has forced many organizations to force security teams to work remotely—which is leading to higher workloads and an increase in burnout for staff, ZDNet reports.
Design has a huge role in shaping how people engage with online content. And if the purpose of that content is to get people to take a specific action, the design needs to support that goal. In a Dribbble post, Jaron Soh describes eight design mistakes that can lead to conversion fails.
Researchers at University College London have devised a brain machine interface that allows mice to learn to guide a cursor using only their brain activity, Science Daily reports. By monitoring this mouse-controlled mouse moving to a target location to receive a reward, the researchers were able to study how the brain represents intentional control.