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Survey shows a lot of users trust Amazon and Google more than Apple with their personal data

One of the key, tentpole features for Apple across its services, operating systems, and products is user privacy. They shout about it from the rooftops when given the opportunity. And it's been like that for years. It's a lot of the reason so many people have adopted Apple's ecosystem into their lives. And yet, a new survey shows a lot of people out there still trust other companies more in this regard.

Emails show Microsoft was willing to ‘turn Xbox-exclusive games into iPhone apps’

The App Store is a lucrative business. Not just for Apple, though. For the thousands of developers who host apps in the digital storefront, it can mean big earnings, too. If anything, it's just a way to get your name, company, app, or game out there in front of a lot of eyeballs. So of course Microsoft would very much want to make sure it's accessing every available avenue towards the digital storefront.

Apple briefly hinted that Apple Music is coming to gaming consoles

Apple Music is available beyond the Apple ecosystem, thanks to support on some smart TVs and, most notably, Android devices. But, one area of use that Apple has not yet capitalized on is video game consoles. Apple Music is not currently available on Sony's PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, Microsoft's Xbox One series or the newer Series S or Series X, and it's not available on Nintendo's Switch. However, there have been some grumblings that could be changing. And now even Apple's hinted at the possibility.

Apple has reportedly held internal discussions about launching a cloud gaming service

Technically speaking, after plenty of attention and pressure put on Apple, the company does allow for cloud-based streaming services to be used on its devices. However, it's not via the App Store, and it's not with an app via the App Store. Instead, services like Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming, Google's Stadia, and Amazon's Luna are accessible via Safari. But it sounds like Apple's considered something else for its own service.

Microsoft Store for Windows now supports third-party stores

Way back in June of this year, Microsoft unveiled the next big update for Windows -- Windows 11. There was a lot to go over at the time, of course, but one of the biggest shining spots for Microsoft's upcoming desktop OS update was a change to the Microsoft Store. The company confirmed that the digital storefront would not only allow for developers to utilize their own payment options within apps, but that it would support Android apps, too.