What’s new in tech
From Apple, a new iPadOS and more
Apple this week introduced new releases of its operating systems for the iPhone and iPad, said TheVerge.com, and “it’s now splitting up iOS to form a new iPadOS for the company’s tablets.” The new iPadOS promises a more laptop-like experience, including support for external hard drives and thumb drives so you can easily transfer files between the iPad and other devices. Both iPads and iPhones will get more photo-editing features, and for videos, “you’ll finally be able to rotate them directly on the device.” Apple also announced a long-awaited redesign of the high-end Mac Pro, admitting that its glossy trash can–shaped “Mac Pro of 2013 was a mistake.” The powerful computer’s system memory “can be maxed out at an eyebrow-raising 1.5TB”—many times what most contemporary high-end machines typically have and enough for even the most extreme power users.
Quieting Facebook’s chatter
Facebook sends me “two or three notifications per waking hour,” said Eric Ravenscraft in The New York Times, “And I’m not a heavy Facebook user.” The app will send you messages every time someone likes one of your posts, someone you know is interested in an event near you, even when one of your “friends” is streaming a videogame. If you’re also drowning in “out of control” notifications, you have some options. Pressing the inconspicuous three-dot button by the alert will let you “turn off notifications of this type/about this post.” You can also use the app settings. Tap the three-line menu at the bottom of the app, then go to Settings & Privacy for a list of alerts you can cancel. “You don’t get total control, but you can at least cut off some of the more annoying intrusions.”
Another Uber-size loss
Ride-sharing giant Uber reported a billion-dollar loss last week, said Georgia Wells in The Wall Street Journal, in its first earnings report as a public company. “Investors have questioned whether Uber can tame its losses amid tight competition.” The loss is more than double Uber’s deficit in the same period last year, with the cash drain accelerated by a 54 percent increase in marketing costs. Uber has “sought to sell Wall Street” on a vision of dominating the future of transportation around the world. But its growth has slowed dramatically, with revenue from its core business rising just 10 percent from a year earlier, a steep drop-off from 80 percent growth a year ago.