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Apple is a cult, Android may be a monopoly, Facebook cares about refugees, Netflix knows when you get hooked, Mighty No. 9 has a new release date, and the 4K documentary shot on an iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple Is a Cult, According to Historian

In April, as part of the special April Fools’ Day edition of Tech News Digest Apple Starts a Religion, Microsoft Cancels Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Starts a Religion, Microsoft Cancels Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple gets religious, Microsoft smashes Windows, Google takes a day off, Facebook culls Friends, vowels get banned, and MakeUseOf announces new offshoots. Read More , we joked that Apple had started its own religion. And it turns out we weren’t that wide of the mark. At least according to one cultural historian, university professor, and intellectual.

According to Atlas Obscura, Erica Robles-Anderson said of Apple, “They feel iconic, like an emblem of the personal. And yet it’s a cult. Right? It’s so obviously a cult.” She’s particularly intrigued by the styling of the Apple Stores, which she sees as modern-day temples.

Visiting the Apple Store in SoHo, New York, Robles-Anderson remarks, “The oversized doors are fantastic, there’s no reason for them.” She continues, “They have this beautiful, excessive use of clear surfaces. You’re always seeing others and being seen by others. And the ways that any employee can serve you feels personal, but it’s going on all around you, in a cacophony of like-mindedness”.

Robles-Anderson has much more to say, and it all suggests that, in the mind of this cultural historian, Apple has intentionally built its stores to give visitors an almost religious experience. An awakening. A feeling of belonging. Which is all well and good until you realize that, just like other cults, the ultimate goal is to persuade you to hand over all of your money.

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Is Google Android a Monopoly?

Is Android a monopoly? This is the question being asked by antitrust authorities in the United States.

According to Bloomberg, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department will be launching an investigation into Google’s mobile operating system. The reason being that representatives from other companies have accused Google of giving “priority to its own services on the Android platform, while restricting others”.

Android certainly enjoys a dominant position in the U.S, with a 59 percent share of the market. Apple’s iOS is in second with a 38 percent share, while Microsoft is a dim and distant third with just 2 percent.

These figures suggest the current market is a duopoly rather than a monopoly, with consumers having a choice. It’s a tough choice too, as the many Android vs. iOS debates Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget You love your Android phone and want to buy a tablet. Everyone tells you the iPad is the best tablet, and it really is the best; but you should still buy an Android tablet. Read More constantly raging across the Internets make clear.

Facebook Brings the Internet to Refugees

Mark Zuckerberg is committed to bringing Internet access to the growing number of refugee camps around the world. According to The New York Times, this is because he views access to the Internet as “an enabler of human rights” and a “force for peace”.

The promise to bring Internet access to refugees is just the latest push from Internet.org, which has the ultimate goal of bringing the Internet to everybody in the world Facebook Is Bringing WiFi To The Masses With Drones Facebook Is Bringing WiFi To The Masses With Drones Almost two thirds of the world's population lack Internet access. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg seems eager to address this very real inequality with autonomous drones that will provide free Internet access. Read More . Right now, there are around 4 billion people for whom access to the Internet simply isn’t an option.

Zuckerberg should be applauded for these efforts, but let’s not forget who stands to gain from getting the whole world online Millions Of People Think They Use Facebook, But Not The Internet Millions Of People Think They Use Facebook, But Not The Internet Millions of people say they don't use the Internet, but talk enthusiastically about Facebook. How has this monopoly of the World Wide Web come about? And what wider implications does it have? Read More sooner rather than later. That’s right, Zuckerberg himself. As the Facebook CEO later admitted, “It’s not all altruism. We all benefit when we are more connected.” For “all,” read, “Facebook and its shareholders”.

Netflix Knows When You Got Hooked

According to Variety, Netflix thinks it knows exactly when you got hooked on your favorite show, and it’s never the pilot episode. The streaming media company The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Netflix But Were Afraid To Ask The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Netflix But Were Afraid To Ask Find out all the best tips and tricks to use Netflix anywhere, any time. This guide is everything you ever needed to know about using Netflix. Read More pinpointed the episode of television shows after which at least 70 percent of viewers went onto watch the whole of the first season.

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead are the fastest out of the door, with episode 2 being the key episode. At the other end of the scale are Arrow and How I Met Your Mother, both of which only grabbed viewers after 8 episodes. Do you agree with this data?

Mighty No. 9 Gets a New Release Date

Mighty No. 9 should be released in the U.S. on Feb. 9, 2016, and everywhere else around the world on Feb. 12, 2016. That is if this release date, the third to be announced, sticks. This new game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune was originally scheduled to be released in April, which then slipped to September. Now, it’s February. Fingers crossed 4 Gaming Trends You'll See in 2015 and Beyond 4 Gaming Trends You'll See in 2015 and Beyond Read More .

The Painter of Jalouzi Documentary

And finally, you can now watch the first 4K documentary film shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. It’s titled The Painter of Jalouzi, and it tells the tale of a man named Duval, who has dedicated his life to bringing color to his community in Jalouzi, Haiti.

While most people won’t ever shoot 4K video on their iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus Here Comes the iPhone 6S: What’s New & Should You Upgrade? Here Comes the iPhone 6S: What’s New & Should You Upgrade? The good news: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has just been announced. The bad news: your iPhone is now out of date, and you'll need to sell a kidney for the latest model. Read More , it does give filmmakers a new option when shooting footage. This documentary looks divine too, with the vibrant colors really benefiting from being captured in high-resolution.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you view Apple as a cult? And if so, do you see that as a problem? Do you feel Android is a monopoly? And if so, what should be done about it? Is the Internet a necessity for refugees? Did Netflix nail which episode got you hooked on your favorite show? Are you excited about Mighty No. 9?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Ray Byars
    September 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Apple has been a cult since its beginning. It is "special" and its followers are "special". To them there is nothing but the one true Apple. Anything resembling Apple is from the Devil and anyone following the false Apple is going to HELL. That's my take and I'm sticking to it.

  2. Charles Mohapel
    September 29, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Is Google Android a Monopoly???!!! Are You Kidding???!!! Look at the Stagefright Exploit that has affected all Android users and see how scattered and confused the response has been due to all the different manufacturers and different telephone service providers. Because so many different smartphone manufacturers have their own versions of Android, it can't possibly be a Monopoly!!!

  3. Dave Youdle
    September 29, 2015 at 12:51 am

    "The reason being that representatives from other companies have accused Google of giving “priority to its own services on the Android platform, while restricting others”." Isn't that what Apple does?

    • James Bruce
      September 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Apple doesn't offer the platform to others, so no. They sell a packaged, consumer product - they don't "here's iOS, you can put it on your phone, but it'll only work with the app store".

      I mean, I agree, the accusation of a monopoly is silly in the first place, but anyway...

  4. fcd76218
    September 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    "Facebook Brings the Internet to Refugees"
    Just what the refugees need the most - Facebook!

    Hey, Mark, hows about some humanitarian aid?! Think of somebody else besides yourself for a change.

    • James Bruce
      September 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      He's enlisted in the giving pledge, which means he will give the majority of his weatth to charity. How about researching a little before making silly statements like that?

      • fcd76218
        September 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        How much is he giving to the refugees NOW?

      • alex keaton
        September 29, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        Silly Statements are fun though

    • alex keaton
      September 29, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Isn't offering Facebook to refugees making them suffer more?

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