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China may have forced Apple’s hand on RCS support for iPhones

Last updated: February 19th, 2024 at 13:59 UTC+01:00 Samsung and Google have long called upon Apple to support the RCS standard for text messages on the iPhone, but Apple being Apple was playing hard to get for the longest time. The company unexpectedly announced in November last year that it will add RCS support to iPhones starting in 2024. Many felt that this may have been the result of various regulatory challenges that Apple has been facing in the EU. However, if a new report is to be believed, it may have been…

Apple’s RCS 180 had nothing to do with the DMA — “Apple’s hand was effectively forced. But by China, not the EU”

For years, Apple rejected the idea of the RCS Universal Profile being supported on the iPhone, instead sticking with its iMessage format — locking out the Android user from secure messaging between the two. Then, on a rainy November afternoon, everything changed.When Apple announced its shock pivot around RCS, most thought it was because of the European Commission's investigation into Apple's locked down ‘gatekeeper’ iMessage service. As John Gruber points out at Daring Fireball, however, it wasn’t anything to do with…

Apple’s iMessage avoids EU regulation after a prolonged investigation and won’t be forced to work with WhatsApp and others

Following months of investigation, the European Commission has confirmed that it will not designate Apple's iMessage instant messaging platform as a gatekeeper, saving it from regulation that would require it to be opened up to third parties.The commission had been discussing whether iMessage met the minimum threshold to be called a gatekeeper in the messaging space, with Microsoft's Bing also under investigation for its place in the search market. Microsoft's Edge browser and advertising business was also under…

Automakers may be using Chinese aluminum produced with Uyghur forced l

The U.S.-based nonprofit linked some of the world’s largest car manufacturers to aluminum allegedly produced with forced labor by Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region and other parts of the country.China is accused of running labor transfer programs in which Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities are forced to toil in factories as part of a longstanding campaign of assimilation and mass detention.A United Nations report in 2022 found China may have committed crimes against humanity in…

Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas Forced To Vacate Their House In LA, Know Why

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas have reportedly moved out of their house in LA. As per the reports, the couple had vacated their homely abode in LA and had filed a lawsuit against the seller of the house, since their house was “virtually unlivable”. As per Page Six, after their wedding in the year 2018, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas acquired their opulent home in LA in 2019. The couple bought their huge mansion for about $20 Million. However, the duo had to now vacate their house since…

Paytm Payments Bank forced to stop conducting business by RBI; how mobile wallet business stoppage impacts customers

The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday ordered Paytm Payments Bank Ltd., a unit of One 97 Communications Ltd., to stop its popular mobile wallet business along with other activities, citing persistent non-compliance and supervisory concerns. The regulator said the firm, which processes transactions for India's digital payments giant Paytm, must stop its banking activities after Feb. 29. How are customers affected?Existing customers, however, can withdraw their funds and use up the balance in the prepaid cards or wallets…

Weather Conditions Forced Cancellation of Delhi-Deogarh Flights for Jan 30 and Jan 31: IndiGo

Last Updated: January 31, 2024, 20:16 ISTWe regret the inconvenience caused due to factors beyond the airline's control, IndiGo said in the statement. (Representative Image)"IndiGo flight 6E 2198 from Delhi to Deogarh was cancelled on Jan 30 and Jan 31, 2024 due to sudden drop in weather conditions around the airport in Deogarh," IndiGo said in the statementNo-frills airline IndiGo on Wednesday said “weather conditions” forced it to cancel its Delhi-Deogarh flights for January 30 and 31.In a statement, the airline also…

Apple forced to allow third-party payment methods for in-app purchases

In the Apple vs Epic Games trial, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Apple will have to allow developers to include links to third-party payment methods in their applications. Apple delayed the implementation of the change by submitting an appeal to The Supreme Court of the United States. Now, the Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear Apple’s appeal, which means that it is upholding the original decision. With that, Apple will have to allow developers to…

Apple forced to discount iPhone 15 in China as it flirts with danger

You almost never hear about Apple providing a discount on its older iPhones, let alone its latest models. Its retail and carrier partners may offer discounts, but it almost never happens that you get discounted iPhones from the company's online or retail stores. Apple's unique position in the market gives it a pricing power that Android manufacturers don't enjoy. There's no competitor making iOS-powered phones while Samsung literally has dozens of rivals making Android phones. However, concerns over lack of demand in…