If you opened the App Store on an iPhone recently and typed “music” in the search box, the first result would have been Apple’s iTunes. The next would have been Apple Music. Then several more from the company, including some not related to music at all, like iMovie. On some days, you would have had to scroll through as many as eight Apple apps before finding one made by a different publisher. This, according to Apple, was how the App Store was supposed to work. And that, critics say, is the problem. Top spots in App Store search results are some of the most fought-over real estate in the online economy. The store generated more than $50 billion in sales last year, and the company said two-thirds of app downloads started with a search. But as Apple has become one of the largest competitors on a platform that it controls, suspicions that the company has been tipping the scales in its own favor are at the heart of antitrust complaints in the United States, Europe and … [Read more...] about How Apple stacked App Store with own products
Consuming apple cider vinegar benefits
EARLIER this year, Apple Fox Cider earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records with the ‘Largest Display of Apples in the Shape of a Fox’. Fret not if you’ve missed it as the Fox will be roaming the Klang Valley again this month! Head over to Plaza Arkadia between Aug 15 to 18 or The Square, Publika between Aug 22 to 25 from 5pm to 12am to catch a glimpse of the Fox and steal a taste of crisp and refreshing apple cider that is made from Wayyy More Apples. While there, put your apple thieving skills to the test and reap juicy rewards. And that’s not all! When you purchase two bottles or glasses of Apple Fox Cider at the participating outlets within the area, you will receive Apple Fox merchandise. Look out for the Fox pack roaming the area for more information. Apple Fox Cider – a cider inspired by New Zealand cider makers made with the freshest apples from the finest orchards offering a crisp refreshing taste of natural freshness. The product contains … [Read more...] about Get ready for the best cider party in town!
Your bathroom mirrors are subjected to humidity, which can damage the backing on the mirror. A glass cleaner every other day also might seep into the mirror and cause further wear and tear. Simply keep a microfibre cloth on hand to wipe away streaks and toothpaste flecks. When using glass cleaner, spray the product on the cloth - not directly on the mirror. Washing cast iron skillets too often can break down the precious 'seasoning' (the layer of grease baked into the pan's surface which prevents it from rusting and makes the pan non-stick). Avoid hard-scrubbing or soaking the pan too long in dish soap. Simply rinse immediately after cooking, then wash in hot water. You can also scrub it with kosher salt and water, which is gentler on your pan. Pillowcases should ideally be sent to the laundry every week, because it's where dead skin and dustmites accumulate. However, pillow inserts require fewer trips to the wash, or they will wear out quickly. Give them a wash every three to six … [Read more...] about Proper ways to clean bathroom mirrors, wooden furniture and more
DISGRUNTLED owners of iPhones have been given the green light to sue Apple by the US Supreme Court. Their complaint: Apple requires all iPhone owners and iPhone app developers to buy and sell apps from their App Store. And it charges a 30% commission to developers who sell apps through its App Store. This inflates prices for consumers. And iPhone owners are seeking damages from Apple for this price increase. This, say the claimants, violates US antitrust law, which aims to curb any company from using its dominant position to prevent others from competing with it. That is exactly what Apple is doing – as iPhone owners cannot buy apps from other stores that may be supplying apps at cheaper prices. By this mechanisation, Apple assumes monopolistic power and control - over pricing and even censoring of content. Apple tried to block the iPhone owners from proceeding with the action. It argued that it is the developers who are charging the owners – not Apple. In short it was only … [Read more...] about Antitrust lessons for consumer groups
A guy who provides hair rebonding service as a sideline uses vinegar on his hair as a conditioner. He is often teased that he should add soy sauce, garlic, pepper and bay leaf for an adobo touch, but he has the last laugh: his hair is silky soft. Only time will tell if he will lose his hair faster than his peers because of the vinegar. We also don’t know if certain vinegar brands might cause that kind of long-term damage. In culinary school, we were taught that not all local vinegars are created equal: one major brand has double the acidity of others so recipes must be adjusted accordingly. Vinegars fermented from natural ingredients tend to be pricier. There’s a brand of Ilocano vinegar that’s a cut above the rest, and which I can’t replace with any other brand when I make Vigan-type longganiza at home. Unfortunately, its production seems limited since it’s not available in the big supermarket chains; I find it only in flea markets. Balsamic vinegars, … [Read more...] about Fake vinegar