The controversy over Path uploading users’ address book data continues to create ripples across the tech world, with two members of Congress sending a joint letter to 34 developers of social apps in an effort to understand how they collect and use such data.
Now that the firestorm over the Path app downloading a user’s entire address book appears to have subsided, it’s only natural that Apple would be put back in the crosshairs with another privacy gaffe -- and this time, one that gives developers access to your photos.
You’ve got to hand it to Apple: They may not move quickly when a storm rolls into their domain, but when they do finally speak up, it’s decisive and gets the job done. Today it’s the drama surrounding contacts privacy, sparked by the Path app last week, which Apple plans to fix at the operating system level with a forthcoming update. But who can get excited about that when we’ve got a new Smurfs app, am I right? Read on to find out the rest of the day’s news for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Hey, so forget what we said this morning about a news recap earlier in the day -- we’re happy to announce that, starting Thursday, we’ll be back to pushing out three full news items each weekday morning, plus the very news recap you’re reading each evening to catch up with the rest of the day’s events. All because you, the loyal MacLife.com reader, deserve it! So without further ado, let’s blast off into the rest of today’s news for Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
Another day, another iOS developer in hot water for playing fast and loose with user data. This time it’s Path, a favorite of the MacLife.com team -- but fear not, the sky isn’t falling, as you’ll discover from reading onward. It’s otherwise been a moderately quiet day on the Apple home front, so we’ve collected a few related tidbits from competitors like Google Android and Research in Motion to keep you entertained for this Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
Path launched in 2010 as a single-app combo of Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, with a focus on exclusivity. It limited you to 50 friends, the thought being that Path would prioritize the relationships that actually matter, and not just spotlight every kid you ever sat at a lunch table with in elementary school. Recently, Path increased that maximum to 150 friends along with a bevy of improvements, but even that still-limited tally doesn't explain why my Path friends list is so slim. The problem with Path is hardly anybody is using it.
That surge of Twitter activity this evening was the internet going ape for Facebook’s new IPO filing today in an effort to raise $5 billion. Hey, good luck with that, guys… we’re just hoping all that cash will bring some much-needed fixes to the website, but Zuck probably has some other cool stuff in mind. Oh, and don’t forget to download Mac OS X 10.7.3 which finally hit Software Update today -- and while you’re downloading, maybe catch up on the rest of the news for Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
Christmas 2011 is now but a memory and New Year’s Eve is imminent -- but are you ready to share the joy with friends, thanks to your Mac or iOS device? Or maybe you’ve cut the cord on your cable or satellite and aren’t sure of where you can watch the ball drop at midnight? Fear not, we’ve got some ideas for making the most of your New Year’s Eve with your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad.
Holy moley, can November really be over already? Tomorrow, December will be upon us and the deafening rumble of Santa’s sleigh won’t be far behind. Most of us are already getting in the holiday spirit, which gives us little time to catch up on what’s happening in the tech world. So without further ado, here’s a taste of what’s new for this Wednesday, November 30, 2011.