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Dating apps getting a little safer 

Tinder makes it easier to report bad actors using ‘unmatch’ to hide from victims

  • Tinder is making it easier to report bad actors on the dating app 
  • The move follows criticism highlighted by ABC Hack and Four Corners, that showed sexual predators on the service would unmatch their victims, making them hard to find. 
  • Now, when a users are “unmatched”, both retain a history of the chat in case one side wishes to report 
  • Bumble introduced a similar feature last month for its users. Bumbles feature includes a massive “report” button, whereas Tinder simply links to an FAQ about reporting users.  

Meanwhile, Ina Fried at Axios is reporting that Tinder’s parent company, Match, is working with RAINN, a leading anti-sexual violence organisation in the US, to fully audit it’s dating apps, in an attempt to prevent sexual assault on its platforms. 

Match apps include: Tinder, Hinge, and Plenty of Fish.

Match to audit sexual assault prevention efforts 

Uber exits self driving cars

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

  • Uber seems to be exiting the self driving car race 
  • Uber was one of the first companies to embrace self driving cars, throwing a tonne of money behind the project, and hiring some of the best names in the business
  • Uber was keen on the technology, as the hefty meatsack behind the driver’s wheel was always Uber’s biggest expense 
  • But the company had a fraught history with the technology. In 2018 the company was found to have stolen tech from competitor Waymo 
  • Anthony Levandowski, the head of Uber Self Drive, was sentenced to 18 months prison for his role in the scandal 
  • Also in 2018, an Uber car hit and killed a pedestrian during a trial run 
  • Company Aurora will be purchasing the tech at a bargain basement price
  • Developing self-driving vehicles is taking longer and is more expensive than the tech optimists predicted. 

In inevitable but still exciting news… 

Apple Preps Next Mac Chips With Aim to Outclass Top-End PCs

  • Over at Bloomberg, Apple reporting wunderkin Mark Gurman writes that Apple is readying the next batch of Apple Silicon powered macs 
  • He reports: “Apple has planned for the release as early as the spring and later in the fall. And that the chips are destined to be placed across upgraded versions of the MacBook Pro, both entry-level and high-end iMac desktops, and later a new Mac Pro workstation”
  • Spring and fall are US times of course, and on schedule to what I would be expecting
  • The current M1 chip has a mobile-centric design built around four high-performance processing cores to accelerate tasks like video editing and four power-saving cores that can handle less intensive jobs like web browsing. 
  • For its next generation chip targeting MacBook Pro and iMac models, Apple is working on designs with as many as 16 power cores and four efficiency cores
  • Apple normally has an education focussed event around late March, this would be the perfect time to introduce iMacs, and if the same chip is expected in both iMacs and Macbook Pros – as we saw the same M1 across three product lines – then i would expect iMacs and Macbook Pros in March 
  • That would leave the iMac Pro and Mac Pro for the final transition later in 2021

And peace in our time 

Google adds Apple Music support to Assistant smart speakers and displays

  • Hardly the most important story of the day, but Google Nest Speakers can now stream Apple Music 
  • Apple is pushing its HomePod mini speaker heavily this Christmas season, but it is good to see the service coming to speakers it doesn’t make. 
  • Apple has been moving its growing services division outside of it’s own hardware for some time. Apple Music was the company’s first Android app, back in 2015. More recently, Apple TV and AirPlay 2 has been added to TVs from LG, Samsung and Sony. 
  • This makes Google’s Nest line the most compatible speaker ecosystem – supporting Google, Apple and Spotify, and most other services, apart from Amazon Music – which is only on Echo speakers 

According to research from Telsyte , Google owns 60% of the smart speaker market in Australia. Apple 4% & Amazon 17%