Apple and Google are facing major backlash, from human rights activists and lawmakers, after being accused of supporting patriarchy with a Saudi Arabian “woman tracker app" which is used to monitor and manage the whereabouts of women in the Arab nation.
Apple has started the new year by disappointing investors with its first profit warning in 17 years. The company said that poor sales of its latest range of iPhones has helped to weaken its first financial quarter (September to December 2018).
Public concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was analyzed by a U.K.-based marketing firm and used to construct highly targeted political propaganda in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Other technology giants have also sparked concern: Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have all faced objections from users, the public and even government agencies.
Last week Apple said it would bring hundreds of billions of dollars in offshore cash – largely profits recorded outside of America, accumulated over the past 12 years – back to the United States, where the company would pay a record-breaking $38 billion in tax as a result.
Following a series of patent licence agreements between the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei, and Cupertino Tech Company, Apple, last year, Apple has started to pay for the use of mobile communication patents to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.