This Week in Apps: Apple appeals Epic Games suit, Google files a counterclaim and Twitter adds more ads

This Week in Apps: Apple appeals Epic Games suit, Google files a counterclaim and Twitter adds more ads

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And […]

What to expect from Apple, Google and Samsung’s big events

What to expect from Apple, Google and Samsung’s big events

Hardware season is heading for a dramatic finale next week, with three events from three major companies, three days in a row. Apple, Google and Samsung (in that order) are all hosting big events next week, getting their last big announcements (hopefully) out of the way ahead of the upcoming holiday season. That means your […]

Apple activist reportedly fired after deleting files on work device

Apple activist reportedly fired after deleting files on work device

Janneke Parrish, an Austin-based employee who worked on Apple Maps, is a leader of #AppleToo. An Apple program manager who posted anonymous stories of discrimination against employees at the tech giant has reportedly been canned.  Janneke Parrish, an Austin-based employee who worked at Apple Maps, runs #AppleToo, an online story-sharing group. of alleged “racism, sexism, […]

iOS 15 settings you need to turn off now to save money

iOS 15 settings you need to turn off now to save money

Apple wants your iPhone to be connected 24/7, and it has put a whole bunch of features into iOS that do that. Problem with this is, these settings can put a serious dent in your cellular data plan, which either means that you end up being kicked to a lower-speed tier by your provider, or […]

Verizon-owned cell network Visible confirms hackers accessed user accounts

Verizon-owned cell network Visible confirms hackers accessed user accounts

Visible, a budget cellular carrier owned by Verizon, has confirmed that hackers accessed and charged user accounts. The incident, first reported by The Verge, came to light earlier this week after Visible customers took to social media to report that their accounts had been hijacked. Some reported that their email address and password had been changed, […]

Smartphone sales down 6% as chip shortages begin to impact market

Smartphone sales down 6% as chip shortages begin to impact market

Canalys reported this morning that global smartphone sales are off 6% this quarter, and it’s not because of lack of demand. It’s due to the worldwide chip shortage. The pandemic has had a negative impact across supply chains, and chips have been particularly hard hit. Canalys principal analyst Ben Stanton says that manufacturers are trying to […]

Best Buy announces details about its Black Friday 2021 plans

Best Buy announces details about its Black Friday 2021 plans

Perhaps because Black Friday has transitioned from a singular, physical event to weeks of deals both online and in brick-and-mortar stores, it feels like there’s less of a build up from retailers than in years past. That might start to change now that Best Buy has made public its plans for the shopping extravaganza earlier […]

Twitter is bringing Ticketed Spaces to Android users in the US

Twitter is bringing Ticketed Spaces to Android users in the US

Twitter has announced that paid Ticketed Spaces are coming to Android users in the U.S. over the next few days. Hosts on Spaces, Twitter’s live audio room feature, will now be able to sell access to Ticketed Spaces. The Android launch comes after the initial Ticketed Spaces rollout for iOS users in late August. Applications […]