Apple, Google have similar phone addiction approaches with iOS, Android

Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference. Current CEO Tim Cook strengthened that belief, telling CNN on Monday that the company still values that privacy. And he said, no, they're simply just trying to give their users more privacy, and that may affect Facebook.

"We have never been about maximizing the number of times you pick [the phone] up, the number of hours that you use it", Cook said. "We integrated the ability to share in the operating system, make it simple to share a photo and that sort of thing".

Apple has said new operating systems powering its devices will include features created to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people's online activities. Apple identified that sites with comment sections, and sharing buttons like Facebook, Google, and others, are able to track you, even if you have other blockers active. In a statement, Apple said iTunes will be home to the "largest collection of Dolby Atmos supported movies anywhere", and those titles will be updated for free.

This is clearly not Facebook's year. It was a clear reference to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal. And today they actually took steps that could make it a little harder for Facebook to collect data on people who are using Macs or Apple products.

Features of "Like" buttons and "share" buttons popular on Facebook website "can be used to track you whether you click on them or not".

Other new features include parental controls to limit the time children spend in apps, as well as which apps they can use.

Facebook executives have pushed back against critics like Apple.

Apple Inc. introduced features to help iPhone users put down their phones - at least temporarily - after criticism over claims people were addicted to the company's flagship device and following similar moves to combat smartphone addiction by competitors.

Once you set the feature up in the iOS 12 beta, you are not allowed to remove just one of the two recorded faces. Facebook said the pacts were designed to help device makers create their own versions of Facebook apps, and the data mostly remained on phones that accessed it.

"The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship status, all these kinds of things, are so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested - zero", Cook told NPR in an interview.


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