Sky News: Google takes down anti-government app in Russia amid claims tech giant’s staff were threatened

Sky News: Google takes down anti-government app in Russia amid claims tech giant’s staff were threatened. “Google deleted a Russian tactical voting app from its online store after staff were threatened, Sky News understands. Both Apple and Google had come under significant pressure from Russian regulators to block the anti-government app, devised by allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny ahead of Friday’s election starting.”

GeekWire: Seattle startup Lalo is latest ‘death tech’ innovator, with an app to share and collect stories and more

GeekWire: Seattle startup Lalo is latest ‘death tech’ innovator, with an app to share and collect stories and more. “Currently operating as a small, private beta, Lalo is an app that facilitates the collection of digital content such as images, video, voice, text and more. Away from the noise and common pitfalls of traditional social media platforms, groups are intentionally kept small to foster increased trust and privacy. Imagine family members gathering to collect the best recipes in one space or share images that might have been lost to an unseen photo album.”

Wired: How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

Wired: How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps. “With the distinction between online apps and desktop programs becoming ever more blurred, it’s now possible to set up some of the most well-known web apps on your Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS desktop. This uses what’s called progressive web apps, or PWAs, and we’re going to explain everything you need to know.”

TechCrunch: Playbyte’s new app aims to become the ‘TikTok for games’

TechCrunch: Playbyte’s new app aims to become the ‘TikTok for games’. “A startup called Playbyte wants to become the TikTok for games. The company’s newly launched iOS app offers tools that allow users to make and share simple games on their phone, as well as a vertically scrollable, full-screen feed where you can play the games created by others. Also like TikTok, the feed becomes more personalized over time to serve up more of the kinds of games you like to play.”

9to5 Google: Google app gets redesigned ‘Collections’ tab that is more automated and useful

9to5 Google: Google app gets redesigned ‘Collections’ tab that is more automated and useful. “The latest version of Google Search’s integrated bookmarking feature is called “Collections.” It was last updated in early 2020, and a redesign of Collections today makes the Google app tab much more useful. The previous version was purely focused on letting users group pages, images, and locations. This new version shows people the content they recently visited and automatically organizes everything.”

The Register: Indonesian authorities probe million-record leak from national COVID app

The Register: Indonesian authorities probe million-record leak from national COVID app. “Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics is investigating a leak of over a million records from the nation’s COVID-19 quarantine management app. News of the leak was revealed on August 30th by security review site vpnMentor, which wrote that its research team discovered exposed databases generated by eHAC, an app that is mandatory for use by travellers moving into and out of Indonesia, or within its borders.”

EXPLAINER: What is Apple doing with its App Store? (Chron)

Chron: EXPLAINER: What is Apple doing with its App Store?. “Over the past week or so, Apple has eased some longstanding restrictions that helped make its App Store into a big moneymaker for the company. The company has long required app developers to pay high commissions to Apple on the sales of paid apps as well as purchases of subscriptions or digital items inside their apps…. But Apple hasn’t always explained its moves very clearly, leaving some iPhone users with unanswered questions as to what exactly Apple is doing and whether and how they’ll be affected.”

AFP: Russia Accuses Google, Apple of Election Interference

AFP: Russia Accuses Google, Apple of Election Interference. “Russia said Thursday that Google and Apple’s refusal to remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app ahead of elections could be seen as interference in the country’s domestic affairs. The country is holding parliamentary elections later this month, with nearly all vocal Kremlin critics including Navalny’s allies barred from running.”

University at Buffalo: UB receives grant to turn pre-K assessment tool into digital game

University at Buffalo: UB receives grant to turn pre-K assessment tool into digital game. “To help teachers determine if their pre-kindergarten students are ready to transition to formal schooling, a UB-led team of researchers will create augmented reality and mobile game versions of the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS) assessment, a tool used primarily by researchers to measure skills necessary for success in school.”

Markets Insider: Apple and Google’s ability to take a cut of every app purchase is in peril due to a new South Korean bill

Markets Insider: Apple and Google’s ability to take a cut of every app purchase is in peril due to a new South Korean bill. “Apple and Google are the target of a new South Korean bill that intends to open the smartphone platforms to alternate payment options. South Korea’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that bans major app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively stopping them from charging commissions on in-app purchases.”