BBC: The video call apps linking home workers with strangers

BBC: The video call apps linking home workers with strangers. “When Subrato Sarker had to start working from home due to the pandemic, he found himself struggling to stay productive while being on his own. Help has come from a host of strangers across the world who – at the other end of a one-on-one video call – sit and silently do their work while Mr Sarker does his.”

Mashable: Apple looks to rid App Store of ‘rip-off’ scam apps that trick users into paying large sums

Mashable: Apple looks to rid App Store of ‘rip-off’ scam apps that trick users into paying large sums. “Apple is looking to crack down on apps that’s prices ‘do not reflect the value of the features and content offered to the user.’ Basically, if Apple thinks a developer is charging too much for their app or in-app purchases, the company will reject the app from inclusion in the App Store.”

Wired UK: Anti-human trafficking apps were meant to save lives. They’re failing

Wired UK: Anti-human trafficking apps were meant to save lives. They’re failing. “An analysis of nearly 100 anti-trafficking apps by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Tech Against Trafficking initiative reveals problems such as duplication of efforts and an inefficient distribution of funds, as non-profit organisations and research teams develop tools without investing resources in building their user base, sharing expertise or prioritising survivor experience.”

How-To Geek: How to See an iPhone App’s Privacy Details Before Installing It

How-To Geek: How to See an iPhone App’s Privacy Details Before Installing It. “Until recently, the ways iPhone and iPad apps could track you or use your personal data wasn’t entirely transparent to the user. Apple has set out to change that with new App Store labels that represent a sort of ‘Nutritional Label’ for digital privacy. At a glance, you are now able to see the privacy performance of each app and decide whether it fits your personal comfort level.”

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support. “Yes, just listing standard video player features like support for the ‘ASS’ subtitle format was apparently enough to temporarily earn a suspension. The developer says they ‘immediately filed an appeal’ and today, the app is back up with the ASS subtitle listing still in the description.” ASS in this case stands for “Advanced Sub Station Alpha” and I really hope y’all get this newsletter after so many iterations of a Word The Robots Do Not Like.

Review Geek: The Free Deskreen App Turns Your Old Tablet Into a Wireless Monitor

Review Geek: The Free Deskreen App Turns Your Old Tablet Into a Wireless Monitor. “How many monitors do you even need? One deciding factor can be the cost of another monitor. But what if you could use nearly any tablet or smartphone you already own? If you have $8 to spare for a dongle, the free Deskreek app promises to turn your old device into a second (or third) monitor for Windows, macOS, or Linux devices.”

The Hill: How VR is bringing Black history to life for middle schoolers across America

The Hill: How VR is bringing Black history to life for middle schoolers across America. “It’s a lot easier to bring down a statue than it is to put one up. But the Movers and Shakers of NYC found a way to cut through some of the red tape using a piece of technology most Americans have in their pockets. Using augmented reality, a new app allows students, teachers and the general public to learn Black history and pay tribute to the people who are often left out of textbooks. In addition to a catalog of monuments to women, people of color and the LGBT community, the Kinfolk app contains a digital archive of Black, Indigenous and Latin history.”

The Verge: Google salvaged Robinhood’s one-star rating by deleting nearly 100,000 negative reviews

The Verge: Google salvaged Robinhood’s one-star rating by deleting nearly 100,000 negative reviews. “Google is actively removing negative reviews of the Robinhood app from the Google Play Store, the company confirmed to The Verge. After some disgruntled Robinhood users organized campaigns to give the app a one-star review on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store — and succeeded in review-bombing it all the way down to a one-star rating — the company has now deleted enough reviews to bring it back up to nearly four stars.” This is nothing new. Yelp deleted many negative reviews of a dentist who killed a famous lion in 2015. Meanwhile if someone made a demonstrably false statement in a review of a local business during the same timeframe, Yelp couldn’t be bothered to remove it. Do not ask me how I know this.

Washington Post: Is that app spying on you? Here’s how to read iPhone privacy labels.

Washington Post: Is that app spying on you? Here’s how to read iPhone privacy labels.. “While they’re a step forward, Apple’s labels are neither complete nor particularly simple. When I conducted a spot check, I found that some of the self-reported labels weren’t necessarily even always telling the truth. But if you take the time to read the labels, you might make some surprising discoveries.”

Phys .org: Spike in use of online communication apps could be driven by isolation during COVID-19

Phys .org: Spike in use of online communication apps could be driven by isolation during COVID-19. “The use of online messaging and social media apps among Singapore residents has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) study has found. Three in four respondents (75%) said that their use of WhatsApp during the pandemic increased. This was followed by Telegram (60.3%), Facebook (60.2%) and Instagram (59.7%).”

Screenrant: What Does YouTube’s New ‘Progressive Web App’ Do & Should You Install It?

Screenrant: What Does YouTube’s New ‘Progressive Web App’ Do & Should You Install It?. “YouTube is now available as a Progressive Web App (PWA), combining some of the benefits it offers as a website with those it can do as an application installed on a device. PWAs are meant to be fast, offer functionalities that websites can’t, and feel more like native apps to use. They also work across different platforms.”

MakeTechEasier: 4 of the Best Productivity Apps for iOS

MakeTechEasier: 4 of the Best Productivity Apps for iOS . “This year is very challenging for many people due to the pandemic, but setting goals when setbacks occur can be a great way of traveling the road to recovery. Also, for many people who by and large continue living a relatively normal life, the change in lifestyle due to social distancing and other restrictions globally means it’s an ideal time to define a new goal or start a new hobby – but you’ll need the right toolkit. Here are some of the best productivity apps for iOS.” If you’re overwhelmed and can’t even think about productivity, you have my permission to cuss right out loud at this article.

TechCrunch: Zocdoc founder returns with Shadow, an app that finds lost dogs

TechCrunch: Zocdoc founder returns with Shadow, an app that finds lost dogs. “Every year, around 10 million pets go missing in the U.S., and millions of those end up in shelters where they aren’t always reunited with their owners, due to their lack of identification or a microchip. A new mobile app, Shadow, aims to tackle this problem by leveraging a combination of a volunteer network and A.I. technology to help dog owners, in particular.”