The effects of paying for tech media coverage and other news from Feb. 24, 2014
AppleInsider has taken an interesting look at Apple declining to pay for more positive media coverage, a practice it charges that Samsung engages in. The piece dives into how the slanted reporting works by picking apart the Reuters Edition coverage of the recent iOS 7.0.6 update, then goes on to make some pretty heavy accusations against other media outlets.
The close relationship between Android licensees like Samsung and journalists covering the consumer electronics industry has grown increasingly sketchy. During this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, non other than the Associated Press inked a deal with Samsung that allowed the Korean conglomerate to tweet out sponsored messages as part of the official Associated Press news stream.
CNET reportedly accepted funds from both Samsung and Microsoft to republish and promote positive reviews of their products, including a gushing CNET "editor's choice" that called Samsung's Galaxy S4 the "everything phone for (almost) everyone."
This is a fascinating read and well-worth spending a few minutes of your time to check out.
Other news from Monday afternoon includes:
- A statue featuring Steve Jobs that one day will reside at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino was revealed in Belgrade on Monday, Jobs' birthday.
- Speaking of deep dives that are worth a few minutes of your time, The Verge digs into why the security flaws that led to the release of iOS 7.0.6 went undetected for so long.
- Facebook is getting rid of its little-used email system, but the remnants will live on in iOS contact books. TechCrunch explains how this came to be.
- Missed your chance to get a Floppy Bird fix on iOS? The game has been ported to the Commodore 64. Now you just need to have one lying about ...
- Aereo is slowly continuing its expansion across the U.S and will be launching in Austin, Texas, on March 3, just in time for a certain festival.
- If you ever wanted a kitchen scale that could connect with your iPad, you might get the chance to own one.
And kick back with these features:
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- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter