Why did Apple remove those parental control apps? (The 3:59, Ep. 551)
The. China Roger Chang, I'm out for doing. What exactly is apple doing to parental control absence apps store near times report, Saturday suggested apples Harding, eleven the top seventeen apps to screen times because of competitive reasons, but then apple came out yesterday and said, no, we didn't remove these apps because of that it's it was all about user's privacy and security arguing that these apps basically allow? Take access you critical formation like us location. Counter us another details. An apple try to give them fair warning. And some of these apps did not fix them. And hence they were booted. I mean, what do you think this is? I mean, I think it's a big deal. I think it's a fair assessment for apple to do that though only because a lot of stock or where apps like disguise themselves as parental control kind of Adam where you know, they put these apps on the marketplace where they say, hey, this is to help track your kids if you need to find them or that they use that excuse, but then it's really for like an ex boyfriend or something like that put on somebody's phone know where they are at all times. So if these parental if these parental control apps like are, providing like location, like why would you need to know that to limit how much time somebody uses on the YouTube app or something like that? They they did leave some of the ones that didn't violate these security policies. They're so I do think that it's important to take down these apps that that do a lot more than there. Supposed to be doing. And I you know, if we're gonna believe apple statement that the gave them fair warning. It makes a lot of sense like competitive reasons like that doesn't make that much sense to me because it's not like they're making money off of screen time. It's true though, makes you wonder why they why didn't apple flag. This in the first place that initial screening of these apps, I think that a lot of times these apps fly under the radar and when apple discovers it, they try to just get rid of it without making a big public fuss about running which I think is what they tried to do here until journalists caught wind of it. And I'm glad that they did because they could have gotten done this for other apps. You know, they could have done these for competitive purposes. The article implies I just don't see that in this scenario, just because of how much stalker wears out there. Speaking of apple companies set to report earnings tomorrow afternoon. We're going to see how the iphone businesses fared now that they've won they've stopped disclosing how many units are selling. And it seemed like over the last couple of quarters that, you know, iphone sales had Pete. I'm curious. What do you think? What protections? I mean. Honestly, if they keep the prices going up, the I don't see this working out that well for apple. I mean at the beginning of the year, they had warned that, you know, hey, our sales are not going to do as walls we project for like they Asian region China, particularly, and I just think that with less people updating their phones as they're becoming more expensive. I honestly see apple having to go somewhere else to make that money. I mean, it's clearly they're focusing on services. You've got apple TV. Plus you've got apple news. Plus the the raft of services they announced back in March. We'll see how any of them do 'cause they're they're still. It's still kind of a a ways away. I will say this every time that I think that you know, these more expensive phones aren't going to do that. While for them. They're gonna lose money the earnings come out, and somehow all these like super rich people are just buying a ton of phones for like two thousand dollars. I don't get it as thousand dollars, which well, look, maybe maybe apple TV. Plus will will be the the winner the. Save your here for apple. We'll we'll see a lastly are lower hotel had an exclusive on exposed database containing information on eighty million households. It's unclear who owned the database, but this was on a service run by Microsoft, but is sort of example of the perils of storing information online. Yeah. A lot of these leaks happen because they don't they failed to secure their databases because they think they're the only ones that have access to it. But anyone can find these they have a proper IP address or you're looking in the right places as the security, researchers found for this story, the problem with that is you know, if anyone just stumbles into this. It's kind of like finding gold buried in a forest or something like that. But it's still unclear like if anyone did have access to if it was maliciously used, but this is a massive amount of data on eighty million households. We're talking about user names talking about location. Yeah. Residents talking about whether or not another single Mary demographic, no sensitive information, like social security, number like, credit, cards, or hazards or anything like that. So you don't really have to worry about that. But there are like that's still a lot that attackers can do with just your name and address alone right in the big mystery here is that we don't even know who owns this database who to contact to get this fixed. We know Mike we contact Microsoft. They declined to comment. Maker clearly not Microsoft's responsibility. The Amazon all the time. Right. But still it is definitely a sort of a example, just how tricky these things can be and how commonplace these kinds of abilities. Right. All right for me stories six Roger Chan I'm out for thanks.