TikTok, WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores this Sunday

Elroy Mariano

The Department of Commerce has announced that TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the U.S. from Sunday, September 20, amid national security concerns.


In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: ‘In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.


The following transactions will be prohibited:

  1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates
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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says rights of users and creators are ‘foundation’ of App Store dispute

Elroy Mariano

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that Apple may have “lost all sight of the tech industry’s founding principles” after the tech giant stated in a countersuit Tuesday that the game developer’s App Store dispute is just a “basic disagreement over money.”

“Foremost among those principles: the device you own is yours,” Sweeney wrote in a Twitter thread Wednesday. “You’re free to use it as you wish. Configure it as you like, install software you choose, create your own apps, share them with friends. Your device isn’t lorded over by some all-powerful corporation.”


He noted that the idea of users being able to use their devices as they wish is exactly what both Apple’s “1984” commercial and Fortnite’s “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” video are all about.

“This is EXACTLY what Apple’s 1984 commercial was all about. Making computing personal, overcoming the awful precedent of

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PUBG Mobile Removed From Google Play Store, App Store After Govt Ban in India

Elroy Mariano

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PUBG Mobile Ban in India: One of India’s most favorite mobile games, PUBG Mobile has been banned. On Wednesday evening, when the Central Government announced the ban of 118 Chinese apps in India, everyone was shocked to hear the name of PUBG. Now, about two days after the app was banned, it has been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India. Android and iOS users will no longer be able to download the PUBG Mobile app in India. However, users who have PUBG Mobile games installed on their smartphones are currently able to play this game. After the removal of the app from Google Play Store and App Store, in the second step, India’s Internet service provider will block access to PUBG Mobile. Now when you search on the Play Store or App Store, you will not get
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Apple Has Pulled Epic Games From App Store

Elroy Mariano

While a judge may not settle the dispute between Apple and Epic Games for months, the computer giant pulled the Fortnite maker’s games from the App Store on Friday (Aug. 28), 9to5Mac reported.

Epic emailed its Fortnite players that the iOS and Mac versions of the game are blocked from receiving updates.

The move comes amid a pending lawsuit against Apple by Epic. The dispute began earlier this month when the Maryland-based game maker released a payment platform that was crafted to bypass the App Store’s payment system and its 30 percent commission.

In response, Apple said it would end Epic’s access to the App Store on Friday (Aug. 28) arguing that Epic violated Apple’s rules. Epic filed suit alleging that the tech giant’s practices are anticompetitive.

“Apple’s removal of Fortnite is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order

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Apple slams ‘Fortnite’ maker Epic Games for ‘shoplifting’ from App Store

Elroy Mariano

Apple and the maker of the popular video game Fortnite over in-app purchasing rules continued Sunday with Fortnite hosting a free online competition billed as the last time gamers will be able to play together across all platforms.” data-reactid=”12″The dispute between Apple and the maker of the popular video game Fortnite over in-app purchasing rules continued Sunday with Fortnite hosting a free online competition billed as the last time gamers will be able to play together across all platforms.

The #FreeFortnite Cup was scheduled two days after Apple asked a federal judge in California on Friday to deny Fortnite maker Epic Games’ request to have the game returned to the App Store.

Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store on its iOS & iPadOS operating systems earlier this month after Epic Games “secretly” installed a “hotfix” into its app to bypass the Apple payment system.


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Apple asks judge to reject Fortnite maker’s bid to be kept in App Store

Elroy Mariano

Apple on Friday asked a federal judge in California to deny a request by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games to be kept in the iPhone maker’s App Store as a dispute between the two over Apple’s in-app payment rules plays out.

In a filing before US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, Calif., Apple called the removal of “Fortnite” from the App Store earlier this month a “self-inflicted wound” that resulted from Epic knowingly violating Apple’s policies.

The company argued that Rogers should not grant Epic’s request for an emergency order to restore the game to the App Store.

Apple removed the popular game after Epic rolled out its own method of making purchases within the game, which Apple said violated its App Store rules. Those rules require games and other apps to use Apple’s in-app payment system, which charges commissions of between 15 percent and 30 percent.

Epic sued

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How to create Messenger Rooms via WhatsApp mobile app, desktop app or web

Elroy Mariano

a flat screen television: How to create Messenger Rooms via WhatsApp mobile app, desktop app or web

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How to create Messenger Rooms via WhatsApp mobile app, desktop app or web

Due to the growing demand for video calling platforms during the Coronavirus pandemic, Facebook introduced Messenger Rooms for users. This service allows up to 50 participants. In addition to this, users can even join and place these video calls via Instagram and WhatsApp. The users joining the call do not necessarily need to have an account on Facebook to attend a video call on Messenger Rooms.

WhatsApp users can create Messenger Rooms on both the mobile and desktop app, and the web app.

a flat screen television: Messenger Rooms

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Messenger Rooms

[hq]Here is how WhatsApp users can create Messenger Rooms[/hq]

[hans][hstep]Step 1: Open an individual chat on WhatsApp (mobile, desktop or web app) and tap on the attachment icon on the keyboard[/hstep]

[hstep]Step 2: Tap on the “Rooms” option and then “Continue

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Fortnite will stay blocked on Apple’s app store. But Epic did win one important court battle

Elroy Mariano

Apple will not have to reinstate Fortnite to its app store, at least for now, a federal judge ruled Monday night in a historic legal battle between the iPhone maker and the producer of one of the world’s most popular video games.

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The decision means Fortnite players on Apple devices likely won’t get access to the game’s newest season content, which launches Aug. 27 and requires an update to the game that Apple will not allow onto the app store.


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But Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, won what may be a more significant — albeit temporary — respite on Monday that could have ripple effects across the digital media industry.

Under a temporary restraining order issued by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Apple must not block Unreal Engine, a major game development software suite owned by Epic, from its app store. Epic declined to comment.

In a

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Apple Defeats Bid To Return ‘Fortnite’ To App Store

Elroy Mariano

A US court has rejected a bid by the makers of Fortnite to reinstate the video game sensation immediately to the App Store, saying its eviction by Apple was a “self-inflicted wound.”

The ruling against Epic Games was the opening salvo in a battle over whether Apple’s tight control over the App Store, and its 30 percent cut of revenue, counts as monopolistic behavior.

“We thank the court for recognizing that Epic’s problem is entirely self-inflicted and is in their power to resolve,” Apple told AFP following the ruling in California late Monday.

“We look forward to making our case to the court in September.”

District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers’s ruling gave Epic a partial victory however by ordering Apple not to limit Epic’s ability to provide Unreal Engine, key graphics technology, for other apps.

The judge acknowledged that Fortnite has passionate fans and people are turning to games as

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