Something keeps coming up at the Epic v. Apple trial as a potential alternative for getting Fortnite on the iPhone: web apps. It’s an intriguing idea, as web apps are able to do surprisingly complex things: just look at a Chromebook or even game streaming services on the iPhone . But potential is far from reality, because the ability for web apps to look, feel, and perform as well as native apps on iOS is severely limited. These web apps aren’t the preferred way for consumers or developers to use or create apps on the iPhone, either. But Apple has forced companies like Microsoft and Nvidia to use web apps, instead of native ones available in the App Store. Though the term itself hasn’t really come up explicitly, what’s being discussed are Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs. If you’re unfamiliar, think of them as slightly more advanced web apps that you can “install” directly from your web browser onto your home screen. Google has been pushing the idea (though support for PWAs on … [Read more...] about Why the bad iPhone web app experience keeps coming up in Epic v. Apple
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Microsoft Edge, the company’s flagship web browser , has enjoyed rapid growth since it went live last year, but new figures suggest the service may have reached an abrupt plateau. According to data from Statcounter , Edge’s market share has dipped month-on-month for the first time, falling from 3.45% in March to 3.39% in April. The drop marks the end of a run of fourteen consecutive months of growth. On its previous trajectory, Edge looked set to vault beyond established rival Firefox, which has suffered a slow but steady decline over the past twelve months. However, although Firefox only holds 3.59% of the market, the latest data suggests predictions may have been misguided. Here's our list of the best VPN services around Check out our list of the best anonymous browsers out there We've built a list of the best Windows 10 VPN services New Microsoft Edge Microsoft debuted the new Chromium-based Edge in January 2020, with the launch of the first … [Read more...] about Browser wars: Microsoft Edge is showing the first signs of weakness
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . podcast platform parity Apple can't afford to lose podcast ground to Android listeners. Jeramy Johnson 6 May 2021 1 Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central A few weeks ago, Apple made a bit of a splash with its announcements about its new AirTags trackers as well as updates to the iPad Pro and iMac, but it also announced significant changes to one of its more popular "services" — podcasts. Apple doesn't own podcasting per se , but it does deserve a ton of credit for the way it has nurtured and popularized the platform for millions of users around the world over the past decade and a half. At the Spring Loaded event, Apple unveiled a new design for its Podcasts app to go along with its new Apple Podcast Subscriptions service. Apple Podcast Subscriptions are rolling out to Apple customers across iOS and macOS this month, and no one is quite sure how creators or consumers … [Read more...] about Apple needs to bring its Podcast app and subscription model to Android
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Are you hearing this? The "everything store" is trying too hard to make the everything app. Jeramy Johnson 23 Sep 2020 2 Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central After months of rumors and speculation, last week Amazon rolled out a new feature incorporating podcasts into its Amazon Music service and apps. This followed an announcement just a week or so prior that the company was featuring Twitch live streams in the music app as well. Greater choice and more options are generally seen as good things for the consumer, but upon hearing this I had to wonder: is this an example of giving customers everything but the kitchen sink, or is it more like throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks? If you've never used the service before, Amazon Music is somewhat of an umbrella term, encompassing several distinct services and tiers of streaming music available from Amazon. … [Read more...] about Like Spotify before it, podcasts in Amazon Music feel horribly unnecessary
On Friday, the European Union took aim at one of America’s most iconic companies, Apple, with a multibillion-dollar antitrust lawsuit . The Europeans are hopelessly uncompetitive in the major tech industries , so they resort to lawsuits to slash at American supremacy. The Euro-socialists want to pilfer as much as 10 percent of Apple’s profit stream. This flimsy charge of “monopoly behavior” by the EU is becoming standard practice as Germany, France and others continue to fall technologically behind and their citizens become rapid purchasers of Silicon Valley products and services. The move by the EU is a classic shakedown — the money it wants is akin to imposing a foreign tariff on American products. This could cost U.S. shareholders hundreds of billions of dollars . Europe has similar suits against another trillion-dollar American company, Google. So the U.S. government is rushing to defend America’s crown-jewel companies that have added hundreds … [Read more...] about Why isn’t Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults?