According to Apple, the Pokemon Go game just became the most downloaded mobile app ever in its first week of release in the history of the App Store. Actually, it took only four days for Pokemon Go to become the number one free mobile app in Apple’s US App Store. This is quite a remarkable achievement considering that the augmented reality game has not even finished rolling out yet across the globe.
Launched over a week ago, the System and Security Info diagnostic app has been removed by Apple from the App Store. The app had featured in some headlines several days ago because of its ability to allow iOS users to monitor the central processing unit (CPU), memory, disk usage, and processes of their mobile devices.
There is a new mobile app that made its debut in Apple’s App Store last weekend, and it has the ability to alert iOS mobile users if the security of their iPhone devices has been compromised. Specifically, the System and Security Info app monitors the iPhone’s central processing unit (CPU), storage, and disk usage, plus a list of all ongoing processes.
Apple also had a pretty good holiday season, in terms of sales generated from its App Store. As a matter of fact, the iPhone maker actually posted record revenue numbers during the last month of 2015. Just this week, the mobile giant reported that iOS users spent over $1.1 billion on mobile apps and in-app purchases over the holidays (ending in January 3rd of 2016), and in the process achieving new records not only in the volume of purchases but also in traffic at the App Store.
Yup, mobile apps found in both Google Play and Apple’s App Store transmit mobile users’ private data to third parties on a regular basis. What is worse is that they often do it with minimum notice or even none at all. This is what a group of researchers have found when they examined the behavior of more than a hundred mobile apps.
Apple is doing it again. The iPhone maker has proceeded to deleting more than 250 mobile apps from its App Store, and most of the apps removed were mostly Chinese made, and were already downloaded by a total of about 1 million iOS users.
A month ago, more than 20 mobile apps infected with a malware called XcodeGhost (as initially reported by Palo Alto Networks) made their way to Apple’s App Store. Of course, the iPhone maker had no choice but to take some measures to ensure security.
Dozens of mobile apps in Apple’s iPhone and iPad App Store have been infected by malware. The company has since removed these compromised apps from its App Store, but apparently the damage has already been done. As initially reported by Palo Alto Networks, a total of 39 mobile apps were infected by a malware called XcodeGhost.
Last month in May, Apple quietly introduced a few changes to how it highlights and sorts mobile apps in the iTunes App Store, particularly in the games section. Some of these changes may be significant to developers of games because the way their creations are displayed on the App Store may be affected.
Google is adding a new feature to the Google Play Store which lets users pre-register for soon to be released mobile apps for the Android mobile operating system. In order to pre-register, users need only tap the pre-register icon located on the exact same spot where the install icon usually appears for mobile apps which have already been released.
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