Saturday, 16 December, 2017

IOS 11 just destroyed Uber's most annoying privacy flaw

IKEA's Place ARKit App Hits the App Store IOS 11 just destroyed Uber's most annoying privacy flaw
June Sullivan | 22 September, 2017, 00:52

The app limited users to giving the company permission to either always track their location or to not track their location at all - the latter option making the app all but unusable.

Uber's oft-criticized location tracking has been reined in with the arrival iOS 11, with Apple forcing app-makers to give more granular controls over privacy to users.

Users will now be asked to authenticate access to Uber when they are using the app.

The change forced Uber to update its iOS app to lets users choose between "always", "while using the app", and "never", in terms of location settings.

About 21 per cent of apps that request access to location on iOS 10 do so with the "always" permission, meaning the apps can use location services in the background.

The former meant location tracking was enabled even when they were using the app, while the latter practically disabled Uber's Global Positioning System function.

Apple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update.

If you've been using iPhones for any length of time, chances are that you've been prompted to leave a rating or review for an app that you downloaded at least once or twice.

On Apple's developer guidelines, the company says: "It is recommended that you request only when-in-use authorization whenever possible". After it made that change to its policy, a privacy rights group filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission.

Had Uber's location tracking habits stopped you using the app?

Recommended

  • Kenya's judges condemn 'savage' intimidation following election ruling

    Kenya's judges condemn 'savage' intimidation following election ruling

    Armed police patrolled the entrance to the court and trucks filled with security forces were parked outside the building. Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet has repeatedly ignored calls by the judiciary to act on the threats, Maraga said.
    North Korea may conduct another nuclear test, missile launch, South Korea warns

    North Korea may conduct another nuclear test, missile launch, South Korea warns

    Trump and Xi spoke on the phone days after Trump and his aides publicly discussed potential military action against North Korea . Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was waiting for the North to express interest in "constructive, productive talks".
    Trai cuts termination charge on mobile voice calls; Reliance Jio to gain

    Trai cuts termination charge on mobile voice calls; Reliance Jio to gain

    The debate over the charge was revived in August a year ago , when Trai issued a consultation paper proposing to review it. Telecom operators levy IUC on incoming calls from other networks and the charges are passed on to subscribers.
  • Taylor Swift releases behind-the-scenes look at 'Taylor Mountain'

    Taylor Swift releases behind-the-scenes look at 'Taylor Mountain'

    In the video, a number of versions of Taylor over the years all come together to form a mountain of clawing, raging young ladies. Quips Kahn, who also directed Swift's "Bad Blood" and "Blank Space", "You're doing a bang-up job playing yourself".
    Mattoon High School issues statement on shooting

    Mattoon High School issues statement on shooting

    Officials at a central IL high school say police have someone in custody after one person was wounded during a shooting. According to our sister station WCIA, one person has been taken to the hospital and one person is in custody .

    Little impact from Giants' Beckham; big impact from Lions' Ansah

    After the Giants recovered Matthew Stafford's fumble in the second quarter, Manning threw behind Engram on first down. Manning turned in a game effort by going 22 of 32 for 239 yards with a touchdown and interception.
  • U.S.  stealth fighter jets, bombers fly over Korean peninsula

    U.S. stealth fighter jets, bombers fly over Korean peninsula

    North Korea's nuclear weapons program will be a major topic of discussion at this week's United Nations General Assembly in NY . It also has threatened to launch missiles close to the coast of Guam, a US island territory in the Pacific.
    Pakistan has developed short-range n-weapons to counter India: Abbasi

    Pakistan has developed short-range n-weapons to counter India: Abbasi

    The Pakistan Prime Minister's views were in response to US President Donald Trump's Afghanistan Policy. Time has proved that it's a process that is very secure.
    Prime Minister arrives in NY  to participate in 72nd UNGA session

    Prime Minister arrives in NY to participate in 72nd UNGA session

    She said Pakistan's policies, which are based on the country's national interest, are framed in Islamabad , not in Washington. The US is traditionally the second speaker on the opening day of the General Debate, after Brazil.
  • Ewoo! Kylie Jenner is pregnant y'all

    Ewoo! Kylie Jenner is pregnant y'all

    The tab did note that " Kylie's been posting old pics of herself on Instagram and current shots from the chest up". Since then, Scott gifted Kylie with a $60,000 chain and the two got matching tattoos .
    Wall St opens slightly higher ahead of Fed meet

    Wall St opens slightly higher ahead of Fed meet

    Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.09-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.04-to-1 ratio favored advancers. A separate report released by the Labor Department showed increases in US import and export prices in the month of August.
    Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

    Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Lisa Ziegert

    She was also a teacher's assistant in Agawam Middle School. 'They never, ever gave up on Lisa, and that is what we're focused on'. She was reported missing the next day, when the day clerk arrived to find the store open and the lights still on.

Japan Open: Sindhu crashes out, Srikanth, Prannoy advance to quarters Japan Open: Sindhu crashes out, Srikanth, Prannoy advance to quarters The Korea Open champion squandered an 11-9 lead in the first game to let the world champion come back and snatch it 21-18. But it was a disappointing result for the Indian star as she went down 21-16, 21-13 to the Spanish shuttler.

Paul Manafort offered Kremlin-linked oligarch Trump campaign access to clear debts Paul Manafort offered Kremlin-linked oligarch Trump campaign access to clear debts The backstory here relates to Manafort's finances and long business relationship with Deripaska, the billionaire in question. The Post said there was no evidence Deripaska ever received Manafort's alleged offer or that any briefings took place.

Wolf Sees Downgrade Without Budget Deal Soon Wolf Sees Downgrade Without Budget Deal Soon In the past week, Wolf delayed making more than $1.7 billion in payments, mostly to Medicaid insurers and school districts. They said the Treasury should let the state keep spending despite the funding gap, because "revenue is still coming in".

South Korea urges North Korea to abandon nukes, seek talks South Korea urges North Korea to abandon nukes, seek talks Several Pentagon officials say Mattis was not signaling that tactical nuclear weapons are likely to be placed in South Korea.

Trump to campaign for unusual on Friday in Huntsville Trump to campaign for unusual  on Friday in Huntsville ELLIOTT: That's what matters to Gene Daniels, here to sell a gun. "All you have to do is talk to him to understand that". Both Strange and Moore have aligned themselves with Trump, who remains deeply popular in the blood red state .

Over 40 nations ink nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers Over 40 nations ink nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers Meanwhile, Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will be leaving for NY on Tuesday to attend the UN General Assembly session, Xinhua reported.

'America's Got Talent' finalists compete in season 12 finals 'America's Got Talent' finalists compete in season 12 finals Following her uplifting performance of Estelle's "I Am a Conqueror", Simon declared, "That wasn't a song - that was an anthem". Mel B called the performance "powerful and moving".

Apple CEO: DACA Is 'Biggest Issue Of Our Time' Apple CEO: DACA Is 'Biggest Issue Of Our Time' When Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, Cook fired back , "We are indebted to all who serve". While on the subject of cameras , the iPhone 8 Plus has two new sensors and a new feature called Portrait Lighting.

New 'The Punisher' trailer reveals that Frank Castle is still super violent New 'The Punisher' trailer reveals that Frank Castle is still super violent Although the trailer ends with a teaser of the release date, it's scrambled only to reveal that it will be coming out this year. But since The Defenders , all of them, don't kill, it should be interesting to see what the Punisher has in store for us.

Leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive Leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive While GOP leadership is still short of the votes needed to pass the legislation - introduced last week by, Sens. You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime", he said.

Apple releases statement revealing connectivity problems with the Apple Watch Series 3 Apple releases statement revealing connectivity problems with the Apple Watch Series 3 The headlining feature of the Series 3 watch is LTE connectivity, and it doesn't work as it should - or in some cases, at all . Apple has admitted to a major flaw in its latest Apple Watch, just two days ahead of the gadget's scheduled debut.

Slaven Bilic outlines West Ham's plans for the EFL Cup Slaven Bilic outlines West Ham's plans for the EFL Cup West Ham boast plenty of options in attack with the likes of Ayew, Marko Arnautovic , Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio competing to compliment Hernandez and Carroll.

Power companies: Bulloch service fully restored Power companies: Bulloch service fully restored FPL spokesman Dave McDermitt said the remaining local power outages are not confined to specific neighborhoods. LCEC expects to have most power restored by Friday to those in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres.

'Mr President, here is your Emmy': Alec Baldwin wins as Trump 'Mr President, here is your Emmy': Alec Baldwin wins as Trump At the top of the Emmys , host Stephen Colbert welcomed Spicer on stage to jokingly assess the audience size. Kidman said the show "was created out of frustration because women weren't getting great roles".

Iran says Israel behind Iraqi Kurds independence vote Iran says Israel behind Iraqi Kurds independence vote Turkmen National Movement Party Deputy Abbas Beyatli said one attacker who spoke Kurdish was killed and two others were wounded. The city is inhabited by several different ethnic groups and claimed by the Kurdish region and Iraq's central government.