TikTok owner ByteDance’s AI chief to leave as US pressure rises

ByteDance‘s head of AI research is leaving the Beijing-based firm amid mounting scrutiny of the company’s video app TikTok. Since Ma Wei-Ling joined ByteDance after leaving Microsoft in 2017, the company has become the world’s most valuable startup — thanks largely to TikTok, the planet’s most downloaded app in Q1 2020. The AI developed at Wei-Ling’s lab has played a big role in TikTok‘s wild popularity. It provides creators with a range of user-friendly editing tools, and gives consumers an addictive feed of videos personalized to their tastes. But the app’s success has also sparked a growing number of regulatory challenges. In June, the Indian government banned… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Designers rejoice! Photoshop’s iPad app makes it way easier to select subjects

I’ve been on an iPad journey the last couple of months. I hadn’t used one of Apple’s tablets regularly for almost a decade, giving me a lot to catch up on. And one of those things was the iPad Photoshop app. When I last used Apple’s tablet, there was no proper Photoshop app on there. Which didn’t bother me. But these days — because graphic design has become my passion — I was excited to give it a go. Unfortunately though, I was left disappointed with Photoshop’s iPad app. For someone used to the desktop version, it’s nowhere near as powerful and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPad...
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WhatsApp might soon work with the same phone number across multiple phones

WhatsApp has taken another step towards introducing one of the most awaited features — the ability to use the chat app on multiple devices. According to a post by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has introduced a hidden function in its Android beta that lets you use the app on four devices with the same number. [Read: India is reportedly looking to ban 275 more Chinese apps — including PUBG] The report notes that the chat app has introduced a menu called Linked Devices which will let you manage and add devices linked to your number registered with WhatsApp. This feature is currently… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp...
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India is reportedly looking to ban 275 more Chinese apps — including PUBG

Last month, India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat, and UC Browser after tension between both nations at the border. The country’s government is now inspecting to ban 275 more China-originated apps including popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) and ByteDance‘s music app Resso. According to a report from the Economic Times, government officials have created a list of 275 apps that might be violating security measures and user privacy. Apart from PUBG and Resso, the list includes ecommerce app AliExpress from Alibaba and photo-sharing app ULike. India moved to ban 59 Chinese apps after more than 20 of… This story continues at The Next Web...
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This free Android app reveals when other apps secretly use your mic and camera

Apple introduced a nifty feature in iOS 14 that displays indicators on your iPhone or iPad every time an app begins using your mic or camera. That lets you know if your device is recording you when it shouldn’t. [Read: Gmail is getting a massive redesign to work more like Slack] There have been loads of shady apps guilty of this on Android over the years, and Google has worked to tackle concerns about them with improved access management in the OS, and better permission control for when apps can access the various sensors and recording hardware on your phone. If… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android...
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TikTok might be sold to US investors to ward off security concerns

Chinese short video platform TikTok is currently facing close scrutiny and risks being booted out of the US — which is home to some of its most popular content creators — but the app may find a lifeline there. The Information reports that a number of US-based investors who already have a stake in TikTok‘s parent company, ByteDance, are considering purchasing the subsidiary company to gain control of the platform. The move could ease some concerns among governments and users about TikTok handing user data over to Chinese authorities. There isn’t yet a timeline in place for this, but Bytedance… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security...
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Uber refuses to back down and heads to UK Supreme Court to defend its business model for the third time

It’s going to be a busy week for Uber‘s legal department. The ride-hailing app business is to appear in the UK‘s Supreme Court later today to defend its business model that classifies its drivers as independent contractors, not as employees, Reuters reports. [Read: Germany developing legislation to be first to commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles] The ride-hailing company’s hearing has been bumped up to the Supreme Court after two failed appeals over a case that started in 2016. Back in 2016, two Uber drivers lobbied for gig-workers to receive basic employment benefits like minimum wage, paid holidays, and sanctioned rest… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber...
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Google’s new video-shopping app is like a telemarketing channel for influencers

It’s no secret that Google has a tight grip on the online shopping market. From its Shopping section in Search, and its large ad network, to numerous product reviews on YouTube, the company has become a staple of online consumerism. And now the company wants to capitalize on its dominance in the market with a new shopping app. Enter Shoploop, a video shopping platform for discovering, evaluating, and buying products all in one place. It’s basically like a social media platform built around product reviews and affiliate links. Users will be able to save products to check out later, or… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google...
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Facebook gears up to take on TikTok with Instagram Reels’ worldwide launch

Facebook is taking another stab at cutting into TikTok‘s userbase. The company is gearing up to launch Instagram Reels — its own take on short-form video sharing — in the US and more than 50 other markets, NBC News reports. Similarly to TikTok, Reels lets users create 15-second clips overlaid with tunes from a large catalog of music. The app first launched in Brazil last year, but Facebook has also ran trials in Germany and France. The social media giant also rolled out the app in India, where TikTok is currently unailable. According to NBC News, Reels will be available… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Instagram...
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Apple CarKey is out, but you’ll need a new BMW to use it

The Apple iOS feature that replaces the need for those dumfungled car keys is now here for you to use, assuming you have a compatible iPhone and car. Following the roll out of the iOS 13.6 and watchOS 6.2.8 update this week, CarKey, Apple‘s feature that will let you unlock your car with your phone, is officially here, Engadget reports. We’ve known about “Apple CarKey” for a while now. Some cunning sleuths at 9to5 Mac spotted the feature in the developer beta code for iOS 14. Then a month later, further leaked code suggested that the feature would come to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple...
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