Apple Cracks Down on Apps Sharing Information on Users’ Contacts

Apple changed its App Store rules last week to limit how developers obtain, use and share information about iPhone owners’ friends and other contacts. The move cracks down on a years-long practice. Developers ask users for access to their phone contacts, then use the information for marketing and sometimes share or sell it without permission from others listed in those digital address books. On both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, the world’s largest smartphone operating systems, the tactic is sometimes used to increase growth and make money. Sharing friends’ data without their consent is what…

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India to have 500 million internet users by June this year: Experts

India’s internet user base will hit 500 million by June this year and by 2020, the country will have more than 700 million smartphone users, according to the industry experts. Mobile phones will emerge as the preferred device for online shopping by 2020, accounting for 70 per cent of total online shopping, said the experts at the seventh edition of the India Internet Day in Delhi held on Thursday. The conference was organised by TiE Delhi-NCR, the world’s largest network of successful entrepreneurs and professionals — attended by over 500…

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Samsung Bixby voice support now rolls out to Indian users

Samsung on Friday announced that roll out of a new feature for its digital assistant Bixby. The smart assistant now provides voice capabilities in India. Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents. The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users can now enable Bixby’s voice capabilities (US English) by pressing the Bixby button, the company said in a statement. Consumers can activate Bixby by holding the dedicated button on the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, or by simply saying, “Hi, Bixby.” “With…

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