Ubergizmo: Apple Promises To Fix Latest iPhone Crash Bug Before iOS 11.3. “We picked up on a report earlier today about a new bug in iOS 11.2 that’s making iPhones crash and even disabling access to apps like iMessages and WhatsApp. Bugs have been causing a lot of headaches recently for iOS device users and the latest one just makes matters worse. The good thing is that Apple has promised to release a fix for the latest iPhone crash bug before iOS 11.3, which means that it should be out soon.”
Chicago Tribune: In rare showing, Google arrives at CES to battle Alexa and Siri. “More than 3,900 companies are on hand to show off their latest technologies at CES this week, but there’s one giant name that stands out from the pack: Google. This is the first time in several years that the Mountain View, California, titan has had a big, stand-alone booth at the show and its presence not only reflects the changing dynamic of the show, but also serves as a declaration of war on the battlefield of digital assistants.”
Los Angeles Times: Apple apologizes for slowed-down iPhones and offers cheaper battery replacement. “Apple Inc. announced Thursday that it will temporarily lower the price of replacing iPhone batteries, hoping to ease the backlash over its acknowledgment that it deliberately slowed down older-model iPhones.”
The Verge: Apple faces multiple lawsuits after admitting to slowing down iPhones as their batteries age. “iPhone owners aren’t happy with Apple, and they’re letting the company know with lawsuits. Five iPhone users filed a lawsuit in New York yesterday and are seeking class-action status over Apple intentionally slowing down their phones as the devices’ batteries aged. USA Today first reported the lawsuit, which follows others filed over the past week.”
Ubergizmo: Apple’s Lisa Operating System To Be Released As Open Source. “The computer was released back in 1983, nearly 35 years ago, and now it looks like the Computer History Museum has plans to release the operating system found on the Lisa as a free open source platform. What this means is that if you’re interested in taking the platform for a spin and check it out for yourself, you’ll be able to as the Museum will be releasing the source code behind it.”
Harvard Business Review: Is It Time To Break Up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, or Google?. “With the United States Justice Department’s objection to the AT&T-Time Warner merger, we are being reminded that antitrust activity is not dead. It makes one wonder if some of the biggest names in tech might now be vulnerable.” Interesting comments – at this writing, at least.
Bloomberg: How to Tame Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. “It’s harder to fix a problem than to identify it. That goes quadruple for Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Amazon.com Inc., and Facebook Inc. On the upside, these U.S. tech giants provide some of the world’s best-loved products and services. Investors love them, too. They’re the first-, second-, fourth-, and fifth-most-valuable companies. (Microsoft Corp. places third.) Yet the four, taken together, also stand widely accused of the sins associated with corporate bullies: crushing competition, avoiding taxes, undermining democracy and invading privacy. Russian operatives have used American social media companies as a playground. Executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter Inc. told Congress on Oct. 31 that they can’t even measure the extent of Russia’s manipulation of the U.S. presidential election and don’t yet have the tools to stop it the next time.” This is an enormous article with a lot to think about.