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SafeDK: 55% of mobile apps don’t comply with European privacy regulations

“More than 55 percent of all mobile apps may not comply with the new European privacy regulations and Google Play privacy policies that go into effect this spring, according to a report from SafeDK, a marketplace that monitors the use of software development kits (SDKs) in mobile apps” writes Dean Takahashi for venturebeat.com. The most commonly accessed private data was a user’s location (26 percent), and the second was data about the apps installed on the user’s device (40 percent).SafeDK’s latest report found that more than half of the hundreds…

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We compared 6 popular apps that help you master meditation — here’s how they stack up

“That’s why we took a deep breath ourselves and broke down the features and pricing options of the most popular meditation apps for you, so you can spend less time researching and more time meditating” writes Connie Chen for businessinsider.com. Millions of users love these six apps for showing them how to meditate anywhere, deal with stressful situations, and improve their mental wellness.If trying to meditate on your own doesn’t seem to be working, there are tons of apps on the market to help you reach your zen. Source: businessinsider.com Share…

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Google Arts & Culture App’s Look-A-Like Feature Not Available In 2 States

“Google Arts & Culture app is introducing a vast collection of artworks to many through selfies and an algorithm” writes Jean-pierre Chigne for techtimes.com. The app’s selfie feature is only available in the United States. © 2018 Tech Times, All rights reserved.State laws in Illinois and Texas ban the collection of biometric data causing Google to block the service to avoid problems with the states.Google is already facing a lawsuit in Illinois regarding facial recognition against Google Photos.As soon the Arts & Culture app rose to become the most downloaded app, concerns over privacy…

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Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion

“Global app downloads topped 175 billion and consumer spending exceeded $86 billion in 2017, thanks to growth in emerging markets including China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to a new report from App Annie out this morning” writes Hours Ago Frederic for techcrunch.com. The app market will continue to grow next year, as well.India becoming the second largest country in terms of downloads is a significant change in the worldwide app market over this past year. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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China Goes After Alternative Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

“Last year, Chinese authorities banned trading in cryptocurrencies, but recently the country has been seeking out alternative cryptocurrency trading venues” reports pymnts.com. China steps up its regulation of cryptocurrency trading by going after online platforms and mobile apps.The government is also going after companies and individuals who enable cryptocurrency trading by providing services such as market making, settlement and clearing.Chinese regulators want to block people in the country from accessing offshore and homegrown platforms that enable cryptocurrency trading.Since last year, China has been clamping down on bitcoin trading, banning exchanges…

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iOS App Store will be bigger than entire worldwide movie industry sometime this year

“Other interesting comparisons drawn in the piece: The growth rate in app developer income is around 33% per year” reports 9to5mac.com. Following Apple’s announcement of record-breaking app sales in the holiday shopping season, Asymco’s Horace Dediu did some number-crunching, and came up with some surprising facts.Given the lower 15% commission on app subscriptions, the total is an estimate rather than a hard number, but will be in the right ballpark. Source: 9to5mac.com Share This:

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Financial apps can make it easier to keep your new year’s resolution to save money

“When a referee and a financial stake are used, the success rate for financial resolutions is 87% (and a healthy 73% for those wanting to lose weight)” writes Suzanne Woolley for latimes.com. Success spikes, however, when the resolution has to do with money and finance.The higher rate of successful new year’s resolutions for financial decisions may be tied to a symbiotic relationship between human psychology and financial technology.Qapital allows users to create customized “if this, then that” rules that link with apps and move a set amount of money into…

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Google had to delete 60 apps, many aimed at kids, after they showed users porn

“Google deleted 60 kid-themed apps from its Google Play app store after security firm Check Point found that they contained malware that could display pornographic content, trick users into installing fake “security apps,” or induce them to sign up for premium SMS services” writes Source Walmart for cnbc.com. Check Point dubbed the malware “AdultSwine,” and soon after the security firm alerted Google to the problem, the apps disappeared from the Play store. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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