Apple News app is a hit; with over 100-million daily readers. Whether News is a financial hit for publishers remains to be seen because revenue from Apple News+ publishers is a money pie that needs to be cut into many slices, but the app is a good place to get about as much news as you can chew with your eyes.
Here’s a problem that pops up on News We curate our own sources by category and one of mine is Apple. That means Apple news will show up on the Daily news listing, too, because the app knows I selected Apple as a source, and there is plenty of news about Apple every day.
Maybe too much news.
Does Microsoft, or Google, or Samsung generate as much news as Apple?
Even worse, whenever Apple runs a new iPhone event with a bucket of announcements, you can forget about a quick scan of what else is going on across technology-land. You’ll have to dig to find it.
What I found lying well below all the iPhone 11 and Watch Series 5 and new iPad news was something from Mozilla; about the Firefox browser.
Yes, I like Firefox because Mozilla made it faster than Apple’s Safari or Google Chrome, made it more private and secure, and now has a built-in VPN service.
Why Mozilla would launch such a useful program on the same day as an Apple event is surprising, but it’s here.
Private Network encrypts the web addresses you visit and the data you send to websites. This helps keep passwords, emails, and credit card numbers safe from hackers.
What you get in Private Network is a browser-based VPN which helps to hide where you are browsing from; including your ISP’s IPS addresses which often get collected and then added to the data silos so marketers know who you are.
They want that kind of identity precision. You do not.
The ads and prices you see online are often based on your location. Private Network hides your location from websites and ad trackers, making it tougher for them to target you.
Firefox Private Network is just an extension with a few buttons. Turn it on. Turn it off. All you need to get started is the latest Firefox and a Firefox account.
Private Network is free. For now. VPN networks range in price from $3.00 or so per month to above $10 per month so it will be interesting to see how Mozilla prices a browser-only VPN. If it were not for Apple killing all the news this week, you might have seen the headline.