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Tile Buyer, Life360, Selling Location Data on Millions of Users ➝

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

Life360 bills itself as a “family safety platform” app that is meant to allow family members to keep tabs on one another with tracking software that’s installed on smartphones, and there are both Android and iPhone apps.

The software is used by 33 million people around the world, and apparently, Life360 is selling location data from both children and adults to a dozen data brokers that then provide the data to other third parties. Two former Life360 employees said that Life360 is one of the largest sources of data in the industry, expressing concern for how the data is used and the lack of safeguards to prevent misuse.

I guess I’m no longer going to be using Tile devices.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Netflix Launches Flixtape, ‘Mixtapes’ for Movies and TV Shows ➝

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch:

Just in time for the weekend, Netflix today announced the launch of a new service called Flixtape, which the company describes as a way to make short playlists of your favorite Netflix titles. “It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix,” the site explains. The new tool lets you create these lists based on a genre or theme of some sort, then share them with friends or family over text message, email or social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

This is one step closer to the feature I asked for a couple years ago — genius playlists.

Remove Built-in Apps From the Home Screen in iOS 10 ➝

Apple:

If you update to iOS 10 beta, you can remove some built-in apps from the Home screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

When you remove a built-in app from your Home screen, you also remove any related user data and configuration files. This can affect things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch.

Removing these apps might also affect other system functions, for that reason, I’ll probably keep most of these apps on my devices. But this definitely feels like Apple’s laying the groundwork that will allow users to set default apps — browsers, email clients, etc.

Apple Planning Siri SDK and Amazon Echo Competitor ➝

Chance Miller, writing for 9 to 5 Mac on The Information’s latest scoop:

The report explains that Apple will open up its Siri personal assistant to outside app developers by releasing an SDK. This will allow for app developers to make their apps and services accessible through Siri, much like Amazon, Google, and Viv are now doing. […]

As for the actual hardware competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home, the report says that Apple has been working the device since before Amazon introduced the Echo in mid-2015. The device would feature a speaker and be web-connected, while it would also carry deep integration with HomeKit. It will also act as speaker, likely carrying support for AirPlay technology.

An Siri-powered AirPlay speaker sounds like a fantastic product. I currently use a Jambox for listening to music and podcasts in the kitchen, but this would be a strict upgrade. And leveraging Apple’s developer community to extend Siri’s abilities is simply brilliant. The core functionality would be secure from a privacy standpoint and the onus would be on the user to install applications which might weaken that security.

And count me in with John Gruber, I like the name Hi-Fi.

Apple Promotes Alternate Conferences and Events Surrounding WWDC ➝

I think it’s delightful that Apple is promoting AltConf, Layers, Beard Bash, and The Talk Show on the WWDC website.