March 4, 2024

Yes, but state lawmakers clearly don’t believe that issues such as privacy, online printing, and technical monopolies are exclusively federal matters. Congress is also moving slowly or is completely bogged down on many of these issues.

However, it is not clear how far states can go in these technical regulations and taxes. The Maryland Digital Advertising Tax will almost certainly be challenged in court.

How do tech companies feel about this?

We are likely to hear more from them that state lawmakers are over their heads and damaging the economies of their own states with new taxes or regulations. Every company often reacts to more government regulations or costs.

And on some issues – especially after California passed tough digital privacy laws – big tech companies are pushing for federal laws to partially circumvent future local or state regulations that may be even stricter.

Is there a common theme among the new regulations tech companies face in places like? Pakistan, Australia and the United States?

It’s a sign of the new reality for Google, Facebook, Amazon, and the other tech forces of America. These companies started out as lightly regulated newcomers, but as they grew and became global, other countries became concerned about the impact of companies on their economies, workers, and people’s communications.

Now the revision of a laissez-faire approach to regulating technology has arrived again in the United States, including in states and cities.

Tip of the week

In the tiny wins category, New York Times consumer technology columnist Brian X. Chen touches on a new feature for newer iPhone models that recognizes our faces when we wear a mask. Spoiler alert: This doesn’t apply to everyone with an iPhone.

A nagging nuisance for many iPhone owners in the pandemic is the inability of the device’s face scanner to recognize us with masks on. That said, we can’t unlock our phones while wearing a face mask and we had to enter a passcode. Of course there are bigger problems this year. Still, it feels lame.

There’s a solution on the way – if you have an Apple Watch. The next version of iOS (14.5) will allow you to quickly unlock your phone while wearing a mask. Essentially, the clock is what allows iPhone to verify that it is you.

The new iPhone software is still in beta mode, so the official version has not yet been released. I usually recommend not installing beta software as it can cause glitches. However, if you want to unlock your phone without a mask, here’s what you can do:

Sign up for Apple’s beta software. Then click through the steps to register your iPhone and Apple Watch so they can install the beta software.

After installing the beta software on the iPhone and Apple Watch, open the Settings app on your iPhone. Then scroll down to “Face ID & Passcode”. In this menu, scroll down to Unlock with Apple Watch and enable the option to unlock with your Apple Watch if the image scanner detects your face with a mask.

The next time you’re at the grocery store and look at your phone, your watch will vibrate once and unlock your phone. Sweet relief.