This Week in Tech News

Apple Declares Victory After Judge Rules in Epic Case ... BUT

Fortnite

Episode 1827

A judge ruled in favor of Apple in the Epic app store lawsuit, causing Cupertino to declare victory. In the lawsuit, Apple pulled Fortnite from the app store after the software company pointed mobile users to their own site to buy tokens to play the game. So Fortnite will not return to the app store. HOWEVER, the judge also said that Apple must allow for alternative forms to purchase outside of the App Store. So while Apple won, Epic got what it wanted anyway.

Locast Ceases Streaming Operations of Local TV Channels

Locast

Episode 1826

Streaming service Locast ceased operations this week in the middle of an ongoing legal battle with broadcasters. The service argued that since they are a nonprofit, the company was merely providing a service to those who couldn't make use of an antenna. The judge disagreed and said that Locast was using the donations they received to expand into other markets, violating nonprofit rules. Locast could appeal, but Leo says we knew the day would come that they would eventually close their doors. It was inevitable.

Microsoft Puts Ads in Windows 11?

Windows

Episode 1825

The latest build of Microsoft Windows 11 is crashing, and the culprit is that the company is putting ads in the start bar. There is a registry fix, but Leo says that Microsoft will fix it in the next update. Still, putting ads in a paid operating system is rather tacky.

Locast Suspends Streaming Operations Amidst Legal Challenges

Locast

Episode 1825

Citing an ongoing lawsuit by broadcasters against its streaming of their content, Locast has ceased operations effective immediately. The streaming service, which sought to provide cable cutters with streaming of local programming in a city near you, took donations to defray expenses. But broadcasters say that Locast does not have retransmission rights to put their content online. A judge agreed, saying that the streaming service violated copyright when they took donations and sought to expand their service with it. 

Leo Tests Repairable Laptop

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Episode 1825

Leo picked up a new Windows-based laptop this week that has something very interesting about it. It's repairable and upgradable. It's by Framework.  And Leo says he's a real fan of the approach. Nothing is glued in, and it's still completely solid in its construction. It also came plain with no operating system, so he can choose his own OS. And iFixit gives it a 10 out of 10 for repairability.

Google Play Store Generated Over $11 Billion in Annual Revenue

Google Play

Episode 1824

According to a finding during the app class action lawsuits in court, Google's Play store enjoyed an annual revenue of over $11 billion, $8 billion of which was profit. That's largely due to taking 30% of all app fees as their cut. Leo says 30% looked at first as a good deal since both Google and Apple handle the front end. But as the class-action lawsuits reflect, app developers think that Google is taking too big of a cut.

Start Dialing All Ten Digits Now, It's Coming in October

FCC

Episode 1824

Starting October 24th, mobile phone users will have to dial all ten digits, even for local calls.  Leo says there's a good reason for it, as the FCC wants a suicide prevention hotline number of 988 (like 911). But to do this, the entire phone system has to be updated, and that will require all telecommunications carriers to handle ten-digit dialing. 988 will go live in July of 2022.

T-Mobile Admits to Hacking Breach

T-Mobile

Episode 1824

T-Mobile has admitted to a recent security breach that compromised the personal information of millions of its customers. The hacker who did it told the Wall Street Journal that their online security was awful and gave him unlimited access for over a week to customer data, including social security numbers and credit card information. Leo recommends every TMobile customer put a fraud alert on their credit account. It's free. The other option is a credit freeze, which will prevent any new credit from being taken in your name. The downside is, it'll prevent you from getting credit either.