Consumers can now see what data their apps are using courtesy of a new site from mobile trade group CTIA. KnowMyApp.org “allows mobile device owners to estimate an app’s data usage before
it’s downloaded,” PCWorld reports. “This is the first tool allowing consumers to learn about an app’s data usage before downloading it.”
Despite record-breaking ecommerce sales numbers, 2013 could go down as a very bad year for the industry. Why? “After years of preaching the convenience and reliability of online shopping
… retailers may have been too successful at spreading the message this year, contributing to the volume of holiday orders that overwhelmed delivery services like U.P.S. and FedEx,” The
New York Times reports.
Clearly looking for a fight or two, the Atlantic’s sister site Quartz just published a highly critical year-end analysis of the tech industry. Titled, “2013 was a lost year for
tech,” the piece begins, “All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it -- Silicon Valley,” before going on to note the
industry’s many failed efforts, as well as its peaking arrogance.