Podcast Hashtag Trends, May 5, 2022 — Apple is hiding apps from its App Store, Amazon is allowing phones in the workplace, Internet Explorer is on the cusp of retirement, and HP is disabling ink cartridges.
Welcome to Hashtag Trends, your roundup of tech news this week. Today is Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Apple hides apps in its App Store
Apple wants to hide games and apps from its App Store that haven’t been updated for a long time. The company gave developers 30 days to submit an update for approval. According to Ars-Technica, Apple sent emails telling app developers if they might lose their place in the store. The email requires an update but does not specify the criteria. If, for example, an update only includes a word change in an application, will that be sufficient?
One can speculate that Apple is simply doing a spring cleaning in the but to reduce the number of abandoned projects in its store. According to its compensation structure, the company charges developers $99 per year, which allows them to release as many apps as they want on the Apple Store. Thereafter, the company takes a 30% commission on app sales and in-app purchases.
Amazon allows phones in the workplace
Amazon has announced that it will let its warehouse workers keep their cellphones with them during working hours. The move comes just weeks after Amazon warehouse workers defeated the company in a New York union drive by more than 500 votes. In an internal memo on Amazon’s scheduling app, the company said, “We recognize employees’ desire to keep their cellphones with them inside facilities, and the past two years have demonstrated that we can do it safely,” reported Vice.
During the pandemic, Amazon had suspended its ban on cellphones in warehouses but planned to reinstate it. It will be recalled that following a tornado in Illinois that destroyed an Amazon warehouse and killed six workers, company associates had to have permanent access to their cellphones at work. Workers said they need their phones to stay in touch with family members, especially those with young children, and in case of emergencies.
Internet Explorer on the verge of retirement
Microsoft absolutely and totally wants people to stop using Internet Explorer immediately. The venerable web browser will retire on June 15, and Microsoft Edge will remain Microsoft’s sole browser. As the deadline approaches, Microsoft is once again urging users, especially its enterprise customers, to put the browser on hold for good.
Unfortunately, for some organizations, Internet Explorer is tied to their business operations. So they have no intention of stopping using it, or it could cost them dearly. Once it retires, Internet Explorer will stop receiving support from Microsoft, potentially becoming a security issue for its users, reported Tech Radar.
HP disables ink cartridges
HP printer users who subscribe to the HP Instant Ink program may not be very happy to learn that their ink cartridges will be deactivated if they end their subscription, even if they still contain ink . Once enrolled, the HP Instank Ink subscription program remotely monitors printer ink levels and ships replacement cartridges when they are low.
Although this is a very useful service, HP has included in the subscription terms and conditions a clause that the cartridges will be deactivated if the customer cancels their subscription. Once the customer cancels, they will need to replace the special cartridges with regular unsupervised cartridges. According to Money MailHP Instant Ink service subscription has approximately 10 million subscribers.
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