Daily Crunch: Apple’s subscription fix
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1. Apple’s iOS update makes it easier to get to your subscriptions
Moving the Manage Subscriptions menu so that it’s just one click away from your App Store profile might seem like a minor change, but it was needed: As more mobile apps have adopted subscriptions as a means of generating revenue, it’s become critical to ensure consumers know how to turn off their subscriptions.
Plus, Apple is expected to launch some subscriptions of its own, namely for its streaming video and news services.
2. Instagram confirms that a bug is causing follower counts to change
Don’t panic! Instagram says it’s “aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now” and is “working to resolve this as quickly as possible.”
3. Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round
Today, TuSimple is taking three to five fully autonomous trips per day for customers on three different routes in Arizona.
4. Sixteen percent of US adults own a smartwatch
The latest figures out of NPD show a continued uptick in smartwatch sales here in the States. The category has been a rare bright spot in an overall flagging wearable space, and the new numbers show gains pretty much across the board.
5. JibJab, one of the first silly selfie video makers, acquired by private equity firm Catapult Capital
Founded in 1999 by brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis after they saw “an animated dancing doodie streaming over a 56K modem,” JibJab’s big break came during the 2004 presidential campaign, when its satirical “This Land” racked up more than 80 million views.
6. Eight Sleep unveils The Pod, a bed that’s smarter about temperature
Eight has been focused on bed temperature for a while, first by offering a smart mattress cover and then a smart mattress that allows owners to adjust the surface temperature and even set different temperatures for different sides of the bed. But The Pod goes even further, with a smart temperature mode that will change bed temperature throughout the night to improve your sleep.
7. Ubisoft and Mozilla team up to develop Clever-Commit, an AI coding assistant
Clever-Commit is an assistant that learns from your code base’s bug and regression data to analyze and flag potential new bugs as new code is committed.