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Apple is reportedly delaying some iOS updates, which include
improvements to core applications, until next year.
The company is reportedly choosing to focus on performance and
reliability issues first.
Facebook announced that it’s banning all ads for
cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and binary options. The firm
said that it’s doing this to avoid “misleading or deceptive
The US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange
Commission are investigating potential violations Apple may have
made. The violations would concern security laws
about Apple’s disclosure on the update that slowed down iPhones
with older batteries.
Samsung has posted record profits for its fourth quarter, with
$14.15 billion (£9.9 billion) mainly driven by chip
sales. The mobile business, on the other hand, saw a
3.2% year-on-year decline to $2.25 billion (£.16 billion) in
Verizon has reportedly dropped all plans to sell Huawei branded
phones in the US. The carrier, facing pressures from
the US government, will not even sell the latest Huawei
smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, with which the Chinese manufacturer
hoped to enter the market.
Snap has debuted a new style for its Bitmoji service, called
Bitmoji Deluxe. The deluxe offering has 40 skin
tones (up from 25), twice as many hair colours, and 50 different
hair treatment options.
Apple is reportedly slashing orders of its crown jewel device,
the iPhone X. Initial reports said that production
has been curtailed to about 20 million handsets from the 40
million initial estimate, due to weaker-than-expected demand.
8. Google announced that it removed over 700,000 apps
from the Play Store last year for policy violations.
The firm said that the massive increase, up 70% from last year,
has to do with smarter machine learning algorithms.
Microsoft has updated the apps of the Office suite on
iOS. The update includes co-authoring, iPad
drag-and-drop and universal link support, and OneDrive support
inside iOS’ native Files app.
Apple is reportedly losing ground in India despite its recent
efforts in the country. The main causes of its
market share loss seemingly have to do with the high cost of
iPhones, and core services like Maps and Siri not working well