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Apple Has Been Blocking Updates of Telegram Even Outside Russia

That is, according to Telegram’s Chief Executive and Founder Pavel Durov.

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Pavel Durov, Telegram’s CEO and founder took to Twitter and Telegram (of course) to voice his complaints against Apple. According to him, the latter has prevented the app from updating globally ever since Russia banned the service.

He explains:

“Russia banned Telegram on its territory in April because we refused to provide decryption keys for all our users’ communications to Russia’s security agencies.”

“Unfortunately, Apple didn’t side with us… Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”

He also adds that without the updates, the app will not be able to work properly with the latest iOS. Additionally, the company was unable to fully comply with the new European data privacy law because of this.

General counsel of non-profit digital rights group Access Now Peter Micek shares his views: “App updates are essential to bolster the security of users and their data, and to comply with privacy laws and regulation.”

“The burden falls squarely on Apple to justify blocking global updates to Telegram, a hugely popular messaging app,” he adds.

 

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Apple Has Rejected The Steam Link App on iOS

The iOS version of Steam Link app has been denied by Apple, citing “business conflicts”.

It seems like iOS users won’t be enjoying Steam games on their phones for now. Apple has just rejected the Steam Link app from the App Store.

Earlier this month, Steam has announced the release of its free Steam Link app that lets gamers play PC games on their phones. The app has been available for Android users since May 17 and has been working perfectly.

It is a different story for iOS. According to a report from Reuters, the tech giant has blocked the release of the free app. Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi has expressed his dismay regarding Apple’s decision.

“The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we’re clearly disappointed,” he said. “But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future.”

In a statement given to Ars Technica, Valve detailed how Apple has approved the release of the app on May 7th. “On Wednesday, May 9, Valve released news of the app. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team.”

The company appealed the decision stating there are already similar apps available on the App Store. However, Apple still denied the appeal and blocked the app’s release.

 

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Best Mobile Apps For 2018

Best Mobile Apps For This Year

A lot of mobile apps are available this year, and here are some of the best mobile apps.  This was based on the number of downloads and users these apps have for 2018.

WhatsApp Messenger

This app comes free with Facebook.  WhatsApp does everything.  Its video calling piece is in beta testing. You might be surprised to know that you friends are into it.  WatsApp is a fast and easy way to keep in touch and chat with your friends.  With this app, you can send and receive photos, videos, documents, and voiced messages.

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is a daily weather app.  This app’s predictive weather notifications will keep the rain and snow from keeping you off guard.  If you are using this app, you will always be prepared for whatever weather conditions the day might have.  With the help of Dark Sky, you will no longer find your self wearing a sundress during a heavy downpour.

Fitbit

Fitbit is considered to be the best fitness app.  It is the easiest way to track daily exercises.  It can log your daily food intake.  Fitbit offers the ultimate in fitness gamification.  You can even challenge your friends.  So stay healthy and be fit with Fitbit.

PicsArt Photo Studio

Considered to be the best photo app, PicsArt Photo Studio delivers in an easy to use and attractive app.  There is pretty much you can do with a photo.  You can do Mash ups, filters,shape overlays, collages, and frames.  Plus, PicsArt supports raw pictures.  This means you do not need the in-app buys.  This app will test your imagination.  It will allow you to turn ordinary photos into unique works of art.

Spotify

This is considered as the best music app.  Spotify makes it easy to find new music.  You can even connect with your friends using themed playlists.  These themes may be for genres, moods, and weekly highlights of new tunes picked just for you.  So enjoy a pleasurable listening experience with Spotify.

Nova Launcher

This is one of the best Android launchers that has been in Play Store for many years.  Nova launcher has been around for over half a decade.  While scores of launchers have risen and fallen at that time, Nova launcher has remained if front of the pack.

The launcher is smooth and lightweight.  It has tons of customizations.  Numerous icon packs are available in the Play Store to change its looks.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is an artificial personal assistant. Developed by Google, this artificial personal assistant allows its user to communicate, navigate, and get a lot of things done.  You can use your Google Assistant on your Android or iOS devices.  It is available for all kinds of Android smartphones that run Android Marshmallow, Nougat, or Oreo.  Google Assistant is also available even for smartwatches.

Google Drive

This app is a massive cloud storage service that gives you free space to store and access your files in the cloud platform.  You can browse through all the files and folders you saved in your Drive.  You can also share, move, download, rename, or print any files from the application.

These are some of the best mobile apps for 2018 which you should try out.  These apps are popular with everyone.  And this popularity is what made these apps the best.  Mobile apps are there for you to enjoy and they can help make your mobile experience easier.  For those who have not tried these apps yet, better download them now.  And experience the feeling of being “in” and updated with advancements in technology.

 

 

Free downloadable apps still popular for smartphone users

People use the cliché “the best things in life are free” almost all the time. At times, people use it as their motto in life.

Well, in the app world, that cliché truly is a fact.

According to research firm Gartner Inc., about 90% of apps downloaded in smartphones all over the world are free. And those premium apps that people purchase cost $3 or less.

Gartner added that mobile app downloads will exceed 45.6 billion this year. Among these, free downloads account to 40.1 billion.

Those premium apps that aren’t as popular as those free have not been doing fairly. As the research firm reported that amongst those being paid, 90% belong to those priced $3 and below.

They added that this year, apps priced between 99 cents and $2.99 accounted for 87.5% of the paid downloads. They said by 2016 this figures will increase to 96%.

Among all the app stores in the market, the most popular is Apple’s App Store. This year alone, it has already accounted to 21 billion downloads. This figure has increased by 74% since last year.

According to research director at Gartner Brian Blau, “Apple’s market share is the largest, considering its App Store accounts for 25 percent of available apps in all stores.”

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No more passwords for free downloads in Apple App Store

Apple has decided to give its iOS users a break after the company decided to make it more convenient for them to download free apps.
The tech firm has disabled password input for apps that don’t require premium payment. A Reddit user recently tried this within Apple’s latest operating system, the iOS 6 beta version.

According to “varmanj”, users can download free apps from the Apple app store without inputting their passowrd information. This is a truly welcome development, as it makes app downloading easier and faster. But this can also prove problematic as this could easily make downloading easier if you lend you iOS device to a peer of yours. Uninstalling them could be a difficult activity.

Killian Bell of Cult said that this will work on app users who have previously snagged from the app store and new apps. This update is the second major tweak by Apple to the security settings of the app store. This works for iOS 6 for redownloading premium apps and updating installed apps.

This means that password input will only be required when you purchase an app from the Apple app store.

Do you think that this update can be good for you as an iOS user?

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Lookout: 5% of free apps are borderline malware

Con-artists and other unscrupulous individuals now have a new weapon to unleash their wrath to unsuspecting individuals. With technology being one of the most important things that we now have, they have jumped into the bandwagon and have used them as front to their modus.

With app developers and apps sprouting out from nowhere, it is evident that these devious criminals are going to take advantage of the situation and use this for their benefit.

Case in point, mobile security firm Lookout recently discovered that nearly half of the free Android apps in the market have been using their apps as fronts for advertising networks and services.

They also found out that about 5% of them employs “aggressive” tactics bordering on malware classification.

Lookout says that wallpaper apps include aggressive advertising at a rate of 17%. Entertainment apps and games on the other hand follow that with 8% and 7% of the aggressive pie.

Aggressive advertising implies taking the form of ads creating their own desktop shortcuts, pushing ads to a device’s notification bars and modifying the bookmarks and homepage of a device’s default web browser.

By the way, the 5% of apps involved that are borderline malware represent more than 80 million downloads.

Watch what you’re downloading and installing in your smartphone!

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Free apps drain smartphone battery faster

Saving a few bucks by downloading free apps have been very ideal for spendthrift individuals. Unfortunately, your free app downloading hobby may turn your device into a battery eating machine.

Researchers from Microsoft and Purdue University teamed up and used a special profiling tool to find out the connection between free apps and a smartphone’s battery life. In one case, 75 percent of an app’s power requirement was spent not on gameplay but on operating third-party ad services.

Those pesky ads are the culprit for this.

The research team used six smartphone applications to study. These include Angry Birds and Facebook. They compared the results on three HTC handsets the Android powered Magic and Passion, TyTN II running on Windows Mobile OS. The iPhone wasn’t tested due to the restrictions built into the OS.

With free versions of the Angry Birds, only 20 percent of the power is being consumed by the game. Forty-five percent of the power is being consumed finding out the player’s whereabouts so that a specific ads can be served.

They also found out what they call a “3G tail”. This is when a battery’s energy continues to be sapped even after a particular action. They found out that this “3G tail” accounts to more than 25 percent power consumption.

So don’t be frugal and spend some hard earned bucks for your favorite apps.

Updates for BBM, Facebook, Twitter apps for BlackBerry released

It was a terrible 2011 for Research In Motion. Change of leaderships and a ton of problems have shaken up the company.

Now, they are trying to get back into shape and take the world by storm starting with their plans of updating the BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter apps for their OS. The updates come after a long wait for their subscribers. Can this be the start of the BlackBerry resurgence?

The Facebook mobile app for the BlackBerry was updated. The updates include a much improved BBM Connect integration including the ability to share a specific post with a BBM contact. The user interface was also updated and now has easier access to privacy setting.

The Twitter app on the other hand was also updated. It now has the same BBM Connect integration, Twitter photo service integration, URL shortening feature, an updated Tweet layout.

For the popular BlackBerry Messenger service, the improvements are not as elaborate as the previous two. They now have an animated display picture. it now has streamlined voice notes.

Improvements on BlackBerry Tags were also done. The Search was also tweaked to give you a better BlackBerry experience.

Global downloads from Apple’s App Store reaches 23 billion

Kudos to Apple Inc. as their online store the iOS App Store has reached a new milestone as they were able to achieve a massive 25 billion downloads since their inception.

Chinese Chunli Fu was the 25th billion downloader as she downloaded the free version of the “where’s My Water?” puzzle game. She won a $10,000 iTunes card for her milestone making click.

Apple senior vice president Eddie Cue said in a press release, “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”

Apple has doubled its numbers since last July when the App Store was able to amass 15 million downloads. Apple’s recent acquisition of Chomp should help navigating through the App Store easier as it aims to streamline the process.

Apple also reported that there were a total of 550,000 apps in the App Store. 170,000 of which were developed for the iPad. At the same time, they also announced that there are over 315 million iOS devices around the world.

Sidenote: Google’s Android Market passed the 10 billion download work last December.