Newsletter WhatsApp, China's New Victim & Apple Sidesteps Bing, Makes Way For Google

Newsletter: WhatsApp, China’s New Victim & Apple Sidesteps Bing, Makes Way For Google

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The great growling engine of change – technology.”- Alvin Toffler

THE DRAGON DEVOURS ANOTHER TECHNOLOGY GIANT

THE STORY

In a new Internet censorship move, China bans WhatsApp!

WAIT! WASN’T IT BLOCKED ALREADY?

Well yes! WhatsApp app was blocked spasmodically in the country since mid-week July. However, this time around the decision seems to be a long haul. The ban on the cross-platform messaging application began this Saturday. But by Monday, majority of the users in China were unable to access the app.

SO WHAT ARE THE SPECULATIONS THIS TIME?

Honestly, this news doesn’t come across as a shocker considering China’s history of blocking giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But one can’t deny that there’s no smoke without fire! End-to-end encryption feature in WhatsApp seems to be a concern for the Communist government, which Internet services in the country under a tight leash. Coincidentally, this move also happens around the time for the 19th Communist Party Congress elections, which somewhat explains why this happened.

WHAT ARE THEY ACHIEVING OUT OF THIS?

The move seems to be a reminder to the world and the Chinese citizens that government still has a tight grip over the means of production and communication, in a typical Marxist fashion. With the absence of all world famous digital platforms this may also be yet another step to ensure that their economy is still dominated by domestic players. After all, haven’t biggies like Apple, Skype and Microsoft decided to yield to the Great Firewall of China?


SIRI – NOW POWERED BY GOOGLE!

THE STORY

Long time user of Bing, Apple has finally decided to make Google its Default web search provider.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So now, every time you ask Siri a question it will take Googles help to look up for solutions. Up until now, only Safari’s default search engine showed results from Google. But in an upsetting move, Apple has decided to ditch Bing results from Siri in favor of the familiar ‘Google. However, not all is lost for Microsoft since the company will still use Bing for web image search.

WHAT DID APPLE AND MICROSOFT HAVE TO SAY?

Apple issued a statement today, “Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari”. Despite, the big move the company insisted on the continuing associations with both technology giants. They further stated, “We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible”.

While Google only nodded to the news but refrained from commenting, this is what Bing had to say, “Bing has grown every year since its launch, now powering over a third of all the PC search volume in the U.S. and continues to grow worldwide.”

WHERE DOES BING STAND NOW?

Apple seems to have handpicked only the best from the Google and Microsoft. With web-image results still being pulled from Bing, it shows they only want to offer the best to their customers. However, we still aren’t sure when this minor association would run its course. We can only hope for the best though.

Shivnandini Tyagi

Shivnandini Tyagi

Shivnandini Tyagi is a content writer with Systweak Software. She loves reading articles and editorials on technology. When not writing you can find her engrossed in a book or donning the chef's hat

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