Developers complain that Apple promotes scam apps on the App Store

Enlarge / The front of the iPhone 12. (credit: Samuel Axon) Developers are once again publicly highlighting instances in which Apple has failed to keep scam apps off of the app store. The apps in question charge users unusual fees and siphon revenue from legitimate or higher-quality apps. While Apple has previously come under fire for failing to block apps like these from being published, developers complained this week that Apple was actually actively promoting some of these apps. Apple’s Australian App Store published a story called “Slime relaxations” highlighting a certain category of apps. But according to some developers and observers, some of those apps have very high subscription… Read More

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Daily Crunch: Google reveals new designs and improved chip for Nest Cam and Doorbell

Image Credits: SEAN GLADWELL (opens in a new window) / Getty Images TechCrunch wants you to recommend growth marketers who have expertise in SEO, social, content writing and more! If you’re a growth marketer, pass this To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Extra Crunch for August 5, 2021. What goes up must come down. Mostly. That’s the lesson from Robinhood’s stock this week. It shot higher yesterday. And today it fell sharply. Something something stonks. Regardless, we have big news from Apple, Facebook, a host of startups and even… Read More

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IMDb TV app finally arrives on iOS and Android

Image: IMDb TV Amazon’s free streaming service IMDb TV now has its own dedicated app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android after launching on other major platforms earlier this year. IMDb TV is a dedicated hub for free, ad-supported movies and series as well as its own dedicated originals produced by Amazon Studios. Previously, you could find IMDb TV’s content slate in the primary IMDb app, but a standalone streaming app for the service was not available for iOS and Android. A spokesperson told The Verge the content is still available to stream through IMDb, but the new IMDb TV app was “designed for the streaming experience.” IMDb TV’s content… Read More

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Record-setting COVID surge in Florida spurs pro-mask uprising against DeSantis

Enlarge / Florida man and Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference held at the Assault Brigade 2506 Honorary Museum on August 05, 2021, in Hialeah, Florida. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle) The dire COVID-19 situation in Florida continues to worsen as local and federal leaders push back against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his efforts to thwart public health measures. DeSantis has banned businesses, local governments, and schools in Florida from requiring proof of vaccination. Last Friday, DeSantis issued an executive order barring schools from requiring children to wear masks. In signing the executive order, the governor’s office called federal recommendations for masks “unscientific” and claimed the order… Read More

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Holding a mirror to life’s key molecules

Enlarge / The left- and right-handed forms of an amino acid. Every living thing uses the left-handed form exclusively. (credit: Wikimedia Commons) The central dogma of molecular biology holds that DNA gets transcribed into RNA, which then gets translated into proteins. Of course, there are exceptions—some viruses, like coronaviruses, forego DNA altogether and encode their genetic information in RNA genomes. Other viruses, like HIV, have RNA genomes that must be copied into DNA and then transcribed back into RNA before being made into proteins. But as a general rule, “DNA to RNA to protein” describes how information moves within cells. A unique property of biological molecules is that they have… Read More

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How Uber plans to rebound from massive Q2 losses stemming from driver incentives

Uber’s second quarter earnings revealed greater than expected losses, in large part due to the company’s massive $250 million stimulus package launched in April to incentivize drivers back onto the app after a pandemic-induced shortage.  The company reported a loss of $509 million before EBITDA. For comparison, Lyft reported a positive adjusted EBITDA in the quarter at $23.8 million the day before. Uber’s losses point to a larger problem facing the app-based ride-hailing industry: The triple threat of lagging driver supply, the cost of attracting them, and the Covid-19 Delta variant looming in the periphery.  “Drivers increasingly want to get back on the road,” said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi during the… Read More

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Expedia Group results improve but CEO sees ‘bumpy’ road ahead for global travel recovery

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern. (Expedia Group Photo) Expedia Group, the Seattle-based online travel giant, posted improved results for the second quarter, but cautioned that the resurgence of the pandemic is complicating the recovery of the global travel industry, and its business as a result. The company’s net loss of $301 million for the second quarter was an improvement over its loss of $753 million a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.13, exceeding analyst expectations of 60 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter more than tripled from last year to $2.1 billion, reflecting ongoing signs of recovery for the global travel industry. That compares to revenue of… Read More

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How to get Instagram dark mode on iPhone, iPad, or Android

Summary List Placement Turning on dark mode changes an app’s background to a darker color — usually black instead of white — to reduce the amount of bright white light on your screen. While dark mode isn’t actually better for your eyes, it can help your device save battery and it can feel gentler to look at, especially before bed.  Related Article Module: A beginner’s guide to Instagram, the wildly popular photo-sharing app with over a billion users Instagram has dark mode for iPhones or iPads running iOS 13 or higher and Androids running Android 10 or higher. When activated, it changes the backdrop of the app (behind the photos)… Read More

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