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Apple Defends Removing Parental Control Apps.



Apple has defended its decision to remove a number of parental control apps from the App Store, citing security concerns.

Several app-makers complained to the New York Times that Apple had taken their products off sale when it launched its own similar tools.

But Apple said the apps were removed because they “put users’ privacy and security at risk”.

It said the apps had been given time to make changes to meet Apple’s rules.

The latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system added Screen Time tools, which let people see how much time they spend using their favourite apps.

The tools also let parents control how much time their children can spend on apps and websites.

Some app-makers claimed Apple had removed their products from the App Store after Screen Time was launched, and said it was trying to limit competition.

However, in a blog post, Apple said it had taken action against apps that were using “risky” Mobile Device Management (MDM) to control children’s smartphones.

Many corporations and organisations use MDM to control what employees do on their phones. It lets businesses keep an eye on what staff are doing, and even wipe their phones remotely.

Apple said it was not appropriate for family-focused time management tools to use MDM.

“MDM gives a third party control and access over a device and its most sensitive information, including user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions, and browsing history,” Apple said in a blog.

“It is incredibly risky – and a clear violation of App Store policies – for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device.

“Contrary to what The New York Times reported over the weekend, this isn’t a matter of competition. It’s a matter of security.”

The company said it had given a number of affected apps 30 days to submit updated software that did not break its rules. It said many of the companies did make changes and were not removed.

Source: BBC News.


Ursula Honored In Hungary.



Ghana’s Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been recognized at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards 2019 in Budapest, Hungary for her “exceptional commitment and participation as a valuable partner in ITU Telecom World events.”

Presenting the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 certificate of appreciation to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, ITU’s General Secretary, Houlin Zhao described the Ghanaian Communications Minister as an excellent and exceptional member of the Union.

Reacting to the recognition, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said, it’s a great privilege for her modest efforts at the international level, on cooperation in developing and implementing ICT initiatives with colleague Ministers in the last two and half years, to be recognized and rewarded by the ITU.”

She stated that, she is deeply humbled and elated, adding that, this award will encourage her to do even more, both locally and internationally to narrow the digital divide for the benefit of her country and people.

Meanwhile, the Accra Digital Centre, a Government of Ghana mini Technology Park, under the Ministry of Communications, set up to harness the digital potential of Ghana by promoting Digital entrepreneurship and innovation was announced as the 2019 winner of the International Telecommunication Union – ITU’s Global Ecosystem Best Practice Award whereas Vokacom (Innovators of Ghana Post Digital address) emerged as winner of the Best Busines model at the 2019 ITU Telecom World in Budapest, Hungary.

The award, given by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU, recognizes and gives awards to hosts of Technology Innovation with best practices that enable innovators to develop ICT- centric solutions that can be globally recognized and scaled.

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Spotify Users Can Now Share Music Directly To Snapchat.



Music streaming service Spotify has announced a new integration that enable users who have the Snapchat app to share music to the multimedia messaging app.

The move, according to Spotify, will allow users to share a song, playlist, artist profile or podcast either directly to their friends on Snapchat or Snapchat story.

“With this new way of sharing, it's quicker and easier for friends to share what they're listening to and for others to start listening,” Spotify said. “You’ll be able to combine the two seamlessly and share what you’re listening to in a Snap story.” 

Here is how Spotify users can share music with friends or post directly to a Snap story:

  • Tap the “share” menu (three dots on the right of the screen) while you’re listening to any song, album, artist, or podcast.
  • Select “Snapchat” from the dropdown list.
  • Snapchat will open a new Snap with the full album art included.
  • Edit and send whether to a few people or to your Story.

If a friend sends you a Snap with a song, playlist, artist profile, or podcast, you can start streaming by using the following steps:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap the context card with song, artist, playlist, or podcast info.
  • Spotify will open and play away.

Watch the below video for more information:
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Watch Apple Throw Cake, And Many Other Things, At The iPhone 11 Pro In Its New Ads



Apple has released two new commercials for the iPhone 11 Pro, both of which show the phone standing up to more abuse than any one phone should ever have to.

The first ad below focuses solely on how tough the iPhone 11 Pro supposedly is against everyday objects being flung at it in a high-speed wind tunnel. First, kids toys and food items pummel it (including an entire head of green leaf lettuce), none of which seem heavy enough to damage the phone.

Things get a little more intense later in the ad, with ice cubes and hair brushes bouncing off of the iPhone 11 Pro — all, of course, without leaving a scratch. To top it off, a wedding cake comes crashing down onto the phone, then a sprinkler washes it all off. Maybe it’s just me, but in that moment I think I’d be more worried about my expensive wedding cake than the state of my iPhone.

The second ad focuses on what the phone’s three-lens camera system is capable of, with an elegant, long-haired dog as the subject in a wind chamber.

This ad does a good job of educating viewers about the differences between the iPhone 11 Pro’s various lenses (telephoto, standard, ultra-wide angle). But the most notable thing shown is Night mode, and the results in the ad look much more impressive than the demo that Apple showed onstage at its hardware event earlier this week.

The iPhone 11 Pro is available to preorder now and will be in stores starting on September 20th.

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Adobe Premiere Pro Will Use AI To Reframe Videos For All Of Your Social Apps.



Adobe is hoping to eliminate the tedious, time-consuming process that comes with editing videos for different social platforms with its new AI-powered Auto Reframe feature for Premiere Pro. For example, if you’ve got a video that you want to post to YouTube, the Instagram grid, and Instagram Stories, you’d currently have to manually edit that video for three different aspect ratios. Auto Reframe can automatically identify the main action happening in the video and crop and pan the frame around that footage to fit within ratios like square, vertical, or 16:9 videos. The feature, shown off today at the International Broadcasting Convention, makes use of Adobe Sensei, the company’s artificial intelligence platform.

Auto Reframe is an effect that can be applied to clips on Premiere’s timeline, and users can choose between three motion presets (Slower Motion, Default, and Faster Motion) to let the algorithm to know how much movement to expect in the video. The effect will produce motion keyframes that follow the action in your content, which can also be manually adjusted for fine-tuning. It also does the convenient work of resizing text for each aspect ratio, which will save video editors a lot of time.

Adobe has been adding more features to its Creative Cloud apps with social platforms in mind. Premiere Rush CC, the free mobile version of Premiere Pro, was made specifically with YouTube creators in mind, and it features exporting options that are optimized for different social networks, like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Auto Reframe will arrive on Premiere Pro later this year.

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