Reviews are a reliable way to find out if a product you're considering buying is worth the money or the right thing to buy for your needs. However, Apple has for some unknown reason decided to remove all customer reviews from the Apple Store. As AppleInsider reports, the removal of the "Ratings & Reviews" section of Apple's online store occurred on Nov. 17 without any warning or acknowledgment by Apple. The change means anyone browsing Apple's website can no longer see what others have to say about a product. Such information will need to be found elsewhere. If this was just happening on one of Apple's websites then it could be seen as a mistake, but the review and ratings are being removed wholesale from different territories including the US, UK, and Australia. Clearly Apple has decided its online store is better without customer feedback for some reason. Alternatively, the customer feedback system is being overhauled and Apple decided not to wait to remove the existing system. … [Read more...] about Apple Removes All Customer Reviews From its Online Stores
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More than 1,500 complaints of unwanted sexual approaches, many targeting children, have been made against popular social networking apps in Apple's App Store, in contrast to what Apple prominently markets as a "safe and trusted place," according to a Washington Post investigation. The complaints about popular social media platforms that connect strangers in video conversations, known as "random chat apps," serve as digital cries for help. "A man who is sick in the head and disgusting decided to show some things that shouldn't have been shown," read one review of the app Monkey in September. Another one from last month warned, "This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Predators are all over this site." Using a machine learning algorithm to identify App Store reviews containing reports of unwanted sexual content, racism and bullying, The Post sifted through more than 130,000 reviews of six random chat apps, all but one of which were ranked in the top 100 for social networking by Apple … [Read more...] about Apple says its App Store is ‘a safe and trusted place.’ We found 1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior on six apps, some targeting minors.
Apple seems to be making some changes in its App Store and this time it’s not adding anything or overhauling the look but it rather removing one of the important features - user reviews. As noticed by Apple Insider website, the iPhone maker has removed all the user reviews from the store. This has been witnessed in the US, UK and Australia online stores, which also indicates that this is a deliberate move by Apple and not a ‘mistake’. Also mentioned is that the user reviews were removed over the weekend and the company has not given any reason yet. What might not be well received by users is the transparency for which Apple is known for. It is worth adding that the ‘Ratings & Reviews’ section is still visible in the Apple App Store at least in India. The section not just shows the overall rating out of 5 but also the number of people who have rated it along with an option to see who all have given a review. The reviews can also be sorted based on Most … [Read more...] about Apple doesn’t want you to see ‘user reviews’ on its App Store
When Apple previewed CarPlay earlier this week it set gearheads’ pulses racing. It also made some developers green with envy. That’s because Apple chose to bless only four third-party developers with access to CarPlay ahead of its launch. I spoke to one of them to see what it’s all about. advertisement advertisement Driving In The Dark The lucky third parties who have access to that private API are Spotify, Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher. It’s of course easy to see what all these apps have in common: They stream music and can be seen as the successor to “old fashioned” radio. Brian Lakamp, president of Digital for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, oversees subsidiary iHeartRadio, and agreed to speak with me about his early experience integrating with CarPlay. What The Framework Looks Like Today “Apple is pretty selective about how they disclose information,” says Lakamp. “Apple made us aware of the … [Read more...] about This Apple Partner Gave Us A Brief Peek At The New CarPlay Framework
Facebook has agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and the social media giant will restructure its approach to privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. The dispute stems back to Facebook's violation of privacy rules in its work with round-about work with Cambridge Analytica, a research firm which bought the information of tens of millions of users without their knowledge from an app developer who Facebook had sold it to. The scandal sparked universal outcry and widespread fears over how much Facebook knew and how much it had sold. The true extent of the breach has not become known and had the FTC taken the company to court, more details would have become public. As it settled with Facebook, it filed complaints against Cambridge Analytica, its CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan who sold the data after harvesting it. Kogan and Nix have … [Read more...] about Facebook is let off with a record $5 billion fine to settle privacy violations dispute with the FTC with no real restrictions imposed and ‘blanket immunity’ for Zuckerberg and his execs