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Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company's App Store policies during a historic antitrust hearing on Wednesday.
Lawmakers questioned whether Apple applies the same policies to all developers, and whether its position as the operator of the App Store gives it a competitive advantage.
Cook said Apple treats "every developer the same" and called the App Store "a vibrant, competitive environment."
But some app makers who have spoken out against Apple's rules in the past have pushed back on Cook's testimony.
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Apple's App Store policies and its treatment of app developers were at the center of lawmakers' concerns about the iPhone maker during a historic antitrust hearing on Wednesday, which saw the CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon testify before Congress.
Some app developers, however, are pushing back against Cook's testimony that it treats all developers the same and creates a level playing field for app makers.
"To say that [the App Store] is a vibrant, competitive environment is just not true," Justin Payeur, president and cofounder of National Education Technologies, which makes a parental control app called Boomerang, said to Business Insider.
Cook was grilled about the way Apple runs its App Store and whether the same set of rules apply to all developers when testifying before Congress on Wednesday. In one of the more pointed exchanges at Cook, Rep. Hank Johnson said Apple's position as the operator of the App Store gives the company "immense power over small businesses." Johnson also said that during the course of the House Antitrust Subcommittee's investigation, it heard concerns that Apple's App Store rules are "arbitrarily interpreted and enforced."
"We treat every developer the same," Cook said in response. "We have open and transparent rules, it's a rigorous process," Cook said in response. "Because we care so deeply about privacy and security and quality we do look at every app before it goes on. But those rules apply evenly to everyone."
Cooks words reiterate Apple's stance on its App Store policies, which have come to light in recent years as developers have publicly taken issue with how the tech giant manages its App Store.
Apple said it was "committed to providing a competitive, innovative app ecosystem" back in April 2019, for example. That was in response to a New York Times report saying that Apple had removed or limited parental control apps in the App Store after launching its own screen time management feature.
Some app makers who have felt wronged by Apple in the past said they were happy to see the issue raised before Congress. But they don't necessarily agree with Cook's responses.
Dustin Dailey, director of product management for Eturi, the company behind parental control app OurPact, called Apple's rules "a moving target that is not evenly applied to everyone."
"We are hopeful that Apple will recognize they are not the only developers capable of creating products with the user's best interest in mind as it related to data privacy and security," Dailey said to Business Insider via email. "And we hope Apple will put action behind their words and create a level playing field for everyone – themselves included."
Both OurPact and Boomerang were impacted by Apple's crackdown last year on apps that use a technology known as mobile device management, a tool commonly used by enterprise IT administrators to manage employee devices containing proprietary information.
Apple said that it removed parental control apps from the App Store that use this technology because of privacy concerns. It later restored both apps to the App Store.
Both Dailey and Payeur say that the concerns Apple cited had nothing to do with the way their apps were using MDM technology. Payeur says his company is still struggling with the ramifications of having been temporarily removed from the App Store.
"We've all been, for lack of a better term, neutered by what Apple did," Payeur said.
David Heinemeier Hansson, cofounder and CEO of Basecamp, also spoke out following Cook's testimony arguing that Apple doesn't give all apps the same treatment. Basecamp recently made headlines after company executives rallied against Apple's decision to initially reject an update to its paid email app Hey for not using the iPhone maker's in-app payment system.
Apple’s App Store policy tortures language to carve out special deals and special treatment left and right. Reader apps that don’t read anything, straight up exemptions like “class-room management software”. It’s blatant discrimination, not “all the same for all”. pic.twitter.com/OuIdFx3ms7 — DHH (@dhh) July 30, 2020
Paul Vogel, the chief financial officer of Spotify — which filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission over Apple's App Store commission rates — said the streaming app has managed to be successful despite Apple's restrictions.
"I think we've done exceptionally well in spite of some restrictions that Apple has put in front of us," Vogel said to CNBC. "The other question is how much better we would have done had we not had some of the restrictions placed against us."
Dailey says he's growing concerned that Apple may implement a clampdown similar to the one it imposed on MDM parental control apps in 2019 on apps that rely on location services.
Apple has added privacy safeguards in recent iPhone updates designed to prevent apps from unknowingly collecting unnecessary data about a user's location.
Its iOS 14 update launching in the fall, for example, will make it possible for users to share their approximate location with an app rather than their precise location. In last year's iOS 13 update, Apple turned permission to allow an app to always track a user's location off by default, meaning iPhone owners will have to intentionally decide to grant an app such permission.
Bluetooth tracking accessory maker Tile, however, has voiced concerns that this change in iOS 13 has given Apple an unfair advantage, since that permission is not off by default for Apple's Find My app.
"Again, Apple themselves benefit from a deeper level of access to the device and are playing by a separate set of standards than those they lay out for their third party developers," Dailey said via email.
It's unclear precisely what will come of the hearing. At the end of Wednesday's hearing, Rep. David Cicilline, chair of the House antitrust subcommittee, said the committee will publish a report on the investigation's findings and propose solutions.
Ben Volach, the cofounder of Blix, which makes an email app called BlueMail, says he just wants fairness. Blix has accused Apple of stealing its technology for its "Sign in with Apple" feature and suppressing its app in App Store search results.
"[We want] a true level playing field," Volach said to Business Insider. "Which is not the case at the moment."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
After many months of work, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has finally launched for the Red Planet. The launch took place from the Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral on July 30 aboard the ULA’s Atlas V rocket. NASA has detailed this success, explaining that Perseverance was put into parking orbit…and soon after the rover put itself into safe … Continue reading
One of the most eagerly-anticipated new electric cars has been scratched from the US launch roadmap, it’s reported, with the Kia Soul EV apparently no longer coming to America. Announced in late 2018 alongside the third-generation Soul update, the 2020 Soul EV had already missed its original launch date for the US market. That, it seems, was only a precursor … Continue reading
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Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.The sex positivity movement may have been around for years, but there’s still a lot of misconceptions and mystique surrounding the female orgasm.For a start,the orgasm gap still exists: studies show that heterosexual men are far more likely to orgasm during sex than heterosexual women; while lesbian and bisexual women are also known to orgasm more than straight women.So what’s going on?“There are people that still believe that it’s harder for people with vulvas to achieve orgasm, or that women have to have some sort of crazy emotional, psychological connection in order to achieve orgasm,” according to Portia Brown, a New York-based sex educator, who joined us on HuffPost UK Life’s Am I Making You Uncomfortable? podcast to talk orgasms.In heterosexual relationships, Brown believes a penis-centric approach and lack of appreciation (or respect) for the clitoris could explain a lot. “It’s the only organ in the human body of any gender, of any sex, that is solely made for pleasure, yet the way we primarily have sex never touches it, never addresses it. And it’s also this big joke that the clitoris can’t be found. It’s staring right at you, it’s in the same spot as the penis, it’s just smaller.”Related...
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Porn and unrealistic portrayals of women climaxing in film and TV don’t help – nor do bizarre products likeGwyneth Paltrow’s “orgasm candle” for Goop, which only contributes to the narrative that the female orgasm is something mysterious and elusive, rather than a normal part of everyday life. So, to lift the lid on what the female orgasm is really like, we asked women to share their most memorable orgasm experiences on the podcast. Below are just a handful of their no-holds-barred stories – you’ll hear more in the episode, alongside wisdom from Portia Brown and intimacy coach Charlene Douglas. READ MORE:
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Masturbating with a difference “My most memorable orgasm has to be after binge-watching Sex Education. I watched series one and two back to back and there’s a relationship with two women and they actually discover that masturbating on their front is a way of having a fantastic orgasm.“I’d never thought about it before, so I went away, had a little moment, had a little rendezvous session with me, myself and I and it was the most memorable orgasm I’ve ever had. I recommend it, ladies.” – Rachel*, 29, East SussexPost-op pleasure“Everyone warns you if you’re trans, post-op you might never orgasm again. You might even lose all your feeling all together down there. [There’s] tension, when you try for that first post-op orgasm and you’ve got different geometry, you’re scared you’re going to do yourself harm and the slightest distraction and the mood has gone.“But, I got there, after many tries and the purchase of a mains-powered vibrator and compared to before, it’s totally amazing. And, in case you didn’t know, it turns out trans women do lubricate, which was an immense relief.” – Jane, 60, HertfordshireA breakthrough moment “I’ve always really struggled to orgasm, particularly when I’m busy or I’m stressed. I started seeing this guy and we had been dating for about 10 weeks and we decided spontaneously to go on holiday together. We went away and it was super hot, we’d had some really nice food and really nice wine and I finally felt completely relaxed.“He went down on me and it was just really magical, where the orgasm completely takes over your body and nothing else really matters in the moment. I’m with him four years later, so it really worked out.” – Claire*, 28, Brighton Bath time fun“My most memorable orgasm was about 15 years ago, I was about 18 and it was in the bath. It was this long, slow, gentle build up, I knew when it hit that it was going to be intense and powerful. And it genuinely really was, I nearly blacked out! I saw stars, it was amazing – and definitely one of the best I’ve ever had.“But at the same time, I got such a bad cramp in my foot that it completely ruined the aftermath of what was just this amazing experience.” – Alys, 36, London An LSD experience“The best orgasm I ever had was when I was on a lot of LSD and it was really intense sex. The way I can describe it is when you have an orgasm, it’s like it goes up and up and up and up and then you reach the absolute peak, the climax, but on this particular time, on LSD, it was like it went up and up and upand then sideways, an absolute mind-bending sensation, transcending space and time.“Afterwards, I actually passed out for like a minute and yeah, it ways really, really amazing. Afterwards I remember saying it was like I could see poetry as it happened.” – Michelle*, 29, Suffolk Exploring anal“I have this friend who I was kind of seeing in an open relationship, and he was telling me how his partner used to come from anal and I was literally like: ‘That’s a load of crap, girls don’t do that, whatever.’ I was being a real dick about it.“Me and my partner are both queer and we were experimenting a little bit with butt stuff, just to see what that was like, which normally really, really hurts but obviously he’s used to doing that with guys. So when we were doing it, we tried the position where I was on top facing him instead and about five minutes in, I had the biggest orgasm ever from my butt.“This was amazing! But then I had to go to my mate and apologise for basically telling him he was a liar when he was telling me the truth the whole time. So there you go, girls can orgasm from their butt holes, woo-hoo.” – Hannah, 32, London Completely hands-free “When my endometriosis caused me to develop vaginismus, the impact on my emotional wellbeing was devastating, but I decided that this condition couldn’t destroy my sex life. I set out on researching different ways of how to orgasm. Through my research, I taught myself what muscles to relax, where to focus my breathing and my energetic intentions. The result is now that I can literally think myself to an orgasm, completely hands-free. It also means that every time during intercourse, I orgasm. Every single time, ladies, and sometimes more than once.” – Victoria, 35, Birmingham *Some names have been changed to provide anonymityREAD MORE:
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The Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General has opened an investigation into its own agency’s role in the Trump administration’s replacement of an Obama-era rule that curbed greenhouse gas emissions in cars. The Inspector General’s office will examine whether there were any “irregularities” during the process of crafting the new rule — dubbed the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles rule, or SAFE — which holds automakers to weaker fuel economy standards through 2025.
Those potential “irregularities” were flagged in May by Sen. Tom Carper (DE), who asked for an investigation in a letter to the EPA Inspector General at the time.
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Neuralink‘s mission has never quite been clear. We know it’s working on a chip designed to be surgically inserted into the human skull called a brain-computer interface (BCI), but exactly what and who it’s for remains a bit of a mystery. As best we can tell based on what’s been revealed so far, it’s shaping up to be a terrifying hormone hijacker capable of potentially giving you forced mental orgasms or making you fall in love. Yes — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 19, 2020 Musk originally said the goal of Neuralink was to produce a BCI so that humans wouldn’t… This story continues at The Next Web
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(University of Maine) Spread of COVID-19 via aerosolized droplets by talking, coughing and sneezing is a major concern. UMaine and UMass Amherst researchers are developing novel technology to facilitate the efficient collection of viruses from bioaerosols. Their model is the Nepenthes pitcher plant, which has a slippery rim and inner walls to trap insects. The interdisciplinary team will engineer a composite material with a liquid layer on the surface of a membrane to capture pathogenic particles for analysis.
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Apple has won an appeal against an EU order to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, per a ruling on Wednesday by Europe's second-highest court.
The EU ordered Apple to cough up the tax in 2016 after ruling that the firm had benefited from illegal state aid from Ireland, a low-tax regime.
According to the European Commission, Apple has benefited from reduced taxes in Ireland for two decades, allegedly paying as little as 0.005% corporate tax in 2014.
Apple welcomed Wednesday's decision by the EU General Court, saying it was the largest taxpayer in the world.
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Apple has won an appeal against paying $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland.
On Wednesday the EU General Court annulled a European Commission order that forced Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes.
The order dates back to 2016, when the competition watchdog ruled Apple had benefitted from illegal state aid in Ireland.
The European Commission said at the time that Ireland had tailored tax laws that allowed Apple to pay artificially low corporate tax on its profits in Europe for more than 20 years. At one point, Apple paid a corporate tax rate of as little as 0.005% in 2014, the Commission said in its 2016 statement.
Apple and Ireland — which has been able to attract big multinationals with its low tax rates — both appealed the decision in September 2019. Apple began paying the back taxes into an escrow account in 2018, in the hope that it could recoup the cash if its appeal was successful.
On Wednesday the EU General Court said that while it agreed with the Commission that there were inconsistencies in Ireland's tax laws, it hadn't seen sufficient evidence that Ireland had given special treatment to Apple.
"Although the General Court regrets the incomplete and occasionally inconsistent nature of the contested tax rulings, the defects identified by the Commission are not, in themselves, sufficient to prove the existence of an advantage," the court said in its statement.
"We thank the General Court for their time and consideration of the facts. We are pleased they have annulled the Commission's case," an Apple spokesman told Business Insider.
"This case was not about how much tax we pay, but where we are required to pay it. We're proud to be the largest taxpayer in the world as we know the important role tax payments play in society. Apple has paid more than $100 billion in corporate income taxes around the world in the last decade and tens of billions more in other taxes. Changes in how a multinational company's income tax payments are split between different countries require a global solution, and Apple encourages this work to continue," he added.
Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president of the European Commission who brought the case in 2016, said in a statement: "We will carefully study the judgment and reflect on possible next steps."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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Google is in talks to invest as much as $4 billion into Indian telecoms provider Reliance Jio, according to Bloomberg.
Google may announce the investment within weeks, and the cash injection would follow a similar investment by Facebook into Jio of $5.7 billion.
Jio is a fast-growing telecoms operator in India with more than 300 million subscribers.
Its founder, Mukesh Ambani, is currently the sixth-richest man in the world, with a net wealth of $72.4 billion.
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Google may invest up to $4 billion in disruptive, popular Indian internet firm Jio Platforms, according to Bloomberg.
Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, is India's biggest mobile operator, with a subscriber base of 369.93 million and more than 30% market share. Jio Platforms also comprises a suite of apps, including Zoom rival JioMeet and streaming service JioSaavn.
Google is expected to confirm the investment in the coming weeks, according to the report.
The funding would follow a slew of Google initiatives in India. CEO Sundar Pichai recently held a video call with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and announced a $10 billion investment into the country.
Pichai is also friendly with the founding family behind Reliance Jio, the Ambani family, attending scion Akash Ambani's wedding in Mumbai in 2019.
Other major tech firms have already invested in Jio Platforms. Facebook announced a $5.7 billion investment in April. Qualcomm announced this week it was investing around $100 million, while Saudia Arabia's Public Investment Fund, KKR, Vista Equity Partners, and many others have invested billions in recent months.
Jio's rise in India has been meteoric.
The Reliance subsidiary has brought millions of Indians online for the first time over the past four years by offering free or incredibly cheap 4G data.
This wave of new internet users has benefited the likes of Google and Facebook, both of which are experiencing saturation in the West and are increasingly looking at Asia and emerging economies to provide their "next billion users." Facebook explicitly called out the postive effect of cheap data plans in emerging economies on its user growth back in 2016, and repeatedly describes India is its fastest-growing market.
As Business Insider previously reported, one side effect of millions of new Indian users flooding the internet was the dethroning of popular gaming YouTuber PewDiePie as the top creator on the platform. He was replaced by T-Series, an Indian record label that garners hundreds of millions of views by posting Indian music videos to YouTube and is little-known outside the country.
Meanwhile, Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani is now the sixth-richest person in the world, per Bloomberg's Billionares Index, surpassing Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a net wealth of $72.4 billion.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why American sunscreens may not be protecting you as much as European sunscreens
(North Carolina State University) A new study finds that the technical interviews currently used in hiring for many software engineering positions test whether a job candidate has performance anxiety rather than whether the candidate is competent at coding. The interviews may also be used to exclude groups or favor specific job candidates.
(University of York) A new study suggests that a number of practices in video games, such as token wagering, real-money gaming, and social casino spending, are significantly linked to problem gambling.
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Behringer has announced its newest synth, the TD-3, an analog bass line synthesizer that’s essentially a clone of Roland’s TB-303 from 1982.Although the company doesn’t directly mention the TB-303, it gives a heavy wink by saying the TD-3 features “authentic reproduction of original circuitry with matched transistors” and a “pure analog signal path based on lcegendary VCO, VCF and VCA designs.”The all-analog instrument gives you a sawtooth and square waveform VCO, an arpeggiator, a 4-pole low-pass resonant filter, distortion circuity, and a 16-step sequencer with 7 tracks, each with 250 user patterns.There’s also the addition of a 16-voice poly chain, which lets you combine multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony.For example, the TD-3 has a plastic body like original Roland model, and the bottom portion has the same button layout (although the TB-303 has some additional functions).On the top half, there is an added distortion unit on the TD-3, modeled after the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal.
It would appear as bad news aren’t over for the owners Google’s latest flagship – the Pixel 4.In addition to having a display that only works at the much touted 90Hz frequency in certain occasions, while dropping to 60Hz in others, the device has now been proven to have another limitation of some sort.XDA’s editor Mishaal Rahman did indeed found out that the maximum brightness of Google Pixel 4 is only about 450 nits.Far lower than the brightness of other flagships in 2019; most phones in this category often sport a brightness of over 600-700 nits.Pixel 4 ‘s Display Brightness Artificially Limited to 450 NitsIt was then pointed out that pointed out that Google’s flagship phone display isn’t bright enough for outdoor use, which obviously could make it hard to use for some buyers.
The Department for Work and Pensions has been told off by the UK's advertising watchdog, which found that a series of ads encouraging people to move to the new Universal Credit system contained demonstrably false claims.The Advertising Standards Agency said the adverts ignored restrictions placed on some UC payments and only mentioned the positive aspects of the restructured benefits system, funnily enough, with the DWP also found to be making efforts to have the ads resemble the editorial content of the papers they featured in as well – a classic shady ruse from marketers the world over.More controversial, though, was the ads' myth-busting claim that "people move into work faster on Universal Credit than they did on the old system," which generated an absolute wall of text in response from the ASA.Short version: no they don't, as the data this claim was based on only covered a small subgroup of people that was "not representative" of the vast bulk of those currently claiming Job Seekers Allowance.The DWP has been told to rethink its UC ads and to make sure it has "adequate evidence to substantiate the claims" made about the ease of requesting advance money and having payments made direct to landlords in future, in one of the most comprehensively negative and detailed ASA rulings we've seen.