What you need to know from Apple’s developer conference held Monday:
Apple revealed a slew of new features for its devices, including the headliner: A new mode in iOS 12 that allows iPhone owners to control how long they want to use apps daily, with “time check” reminders popping up on users’ screens. Apple launched the new control in response to public concern about the addiction of smartphone use, an issue Apple is largely responsible for.
Here’s other features Apple launched on Monday:
- Memoji, which lets users create an animoji of themselves
- A Siri shortcut app to customize actions of regularly used commands
- The Mac Majove operating system, which includes a dark background setting and blocking tool for websites that track user actions
- The Apple Watch OS 5 operating system, featuring improvements to health and exercise trackers, and a walkie-talkie communication system
Microsoft is buying code repository firm GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock
The move could help Microsoft attract more developers into creating applications for its cloud computing operation, according to The Wall Street Journal. GitHub, which says it has 28 million users, has become a popular hub for software developers to swap and improve ideas related to code.
The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
Dell Technologies reported revenue of $21.4 billion for its first quarter
Revenue at Dell was up 19 percent year-over-year, showing that the Round Rock headquartered company has continued to see new income after its purchase of data storage firm EMC Corp. in 2016. At the same time, Dell continues to lose money -- $636 million in its first quarter -- and still owes $52.7 billion mostly accrued from the EMC purchase.
In case you missed it: Fresh concern on Facebook’s privacy practices
A report in The New York times revealed the scope of Facebook’s willingness to allow phone and other device makers -- including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung -- to gain access to personal information of Facebook users.
The partnerships between Facebook and other companies furthered Facebook’s platform while letting device makers offer customers features such as “like” buttons.
The revelations are the latest in a string of bad press for Facebook, which has recently faced harsh public and government scrutiny over its privacy policies.
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