10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

  1. Apple took a direct shot at Google and Facebook with a new service called “Sign in with Apple.” Announced at its developer conference WWDC, the service is a fast and secure way to sign into apps and websites.
  2. Apple officially announced it’s killing off iTunes. With macOS Catalina, the contents of iTunes will now be split up between three apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
  3. Apple announced “iPadOS,” a brand new operating system for the iPad. This means the iPad will no longer run on the same software as the iPhone and iPod.
  4. Apple is finally adding “dark mode” to the next version of the iPhone’s operating system. Dark mode on iOS 13 will make most of Apple’s own apps take on a darker colour scheme, making it more comfortable to use an iPhone in darker settings.
  5. SoftBank is trying to raise another monster $US100 billion fund, but it’s reportedly having trouble finding investors, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. SoftBank told the Journal that reports the company is having difficulty raising money for the second Vision Fund is “misleading and even inaccurate.”
  6. The DOJ will police Apple in the federal government’s new surge in tech antitrust enforcement. The news comes as the two federal government agencies responsible for antitrust oversight – the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission – appear to be divvying up major tech companies for future investigations.
  7. The head of the Justice Department division reportedly preparing an antitrust investigation into Google used to be a lobbyist defending Google against antitrust concerns. Makan Delrahim once lobbied on behalf of Google during one of its most important and controversial acquisitions.
  8. House Democrats and Republicans announced an investigation that will look into whether tech industry giants have become anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. “A small number of dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication, and information online,” the panel said in a statement that did not name any companies.
  9. The creator of the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot is back with an Apple-exclusive show about a world where America never quit the space race. “For All Mankind” is coming to Apple TV Plus, the iPhone maker’s forthcoming premium TV subscription video service.
  10. A YouTuber who fed a homeless man a toothpaste-filled Oreo was given a 15-month prison sentence. Kanghua Ren, otherwise known as ReSet, was also given a 20,000 euro (about $US22,390) fine.

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