The largest mobile service provider in America has decided to rename and redesign its FamilyBase parental controls app into the new Verizon Smart Family service. It goes without saying that the rebranded version will see Verizon Wireless continue to offer the same functionalities of FamilyBase while introducing some fresh key features.
According to new information presented by Sensor Tower, it seems that owners of iPhone devices who are based in the United States have spent 23 percent more in apps in 2017, compared to their spending during the previous year. Whereas the average consumer spending on in-app purchases was $47 for each active app user in 2016, that has since increased to an average of $58 per active user for the whole of last year.
Facebook may still be facing flak over the whole Cambridge Analytica thing, but it is business as usual for one of its brands, Messenger, which now supports sharing of 360 degree photos and videos, as well as HD video (720p quality, to be exact). But the social media giant has noted that before they can be shared, those 360 degree images and HD content have to be shot outside the Messenger mobile app.
Amidst some recent excitement brewing over this year’s rumored upcoming new generation Apple Watch model, not many people may realize that a number of well known mobile apps have been disappearing from watchOS (Apple’s operating system for wearable devices) during the last few months.
And just this week, one of the most high profile social media apps out there, Instagram, has joined the club, albeit quietly. Indeed, when updating to version 39.0 on iPhone, Apple users may notice that the Instagram app for the Apple Watch is now nowhere to be found when paired with the iPhone.
It was only a few weeks ago when invites to the mobile version of Fortnite were first sent out. But this week now sees the highly anticipated free to play title (which also comes with the Battle Royale game mode) being made available to all owners of Apple devices, as long as their handset is supported.
For those not familiar with the Fortnite game, basically its set up involves having a hundred players parachute on an island where they have to find all kinds of weapons and essentially fight to the death until one victor emerges (hence, the Battle Royale reference).
According to SINTEF, a research firm based in Norway, it seems that the Grindr mobile app is sharing the HIV status of its users to a number of third party companies. The dating app allows its users the option of having their HIV status displayed on their profiles, and apparently this piece of information has been included in packets transmitted to Apptimize and Localytics, without the knowledge and presumably, the consent of Grindr users.
Under Armour has revealed this week that a data breach that happened in late February had affected around 150 million users of the MyFitnessPal mobile app. For those not familiar with MyFitnessPal, it is a food and nutrition app owned by Under Armour. Although the data breach had taken place a few weeks ago, it was only this week that MyFitnessPal had known of the incident.
As pointed out by Under Armour, no Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, or any other government issued ID information were compromised by the data breach. The fitness wear giant also clarified that no payment card information was also stolen.
We sort of expected it to happen, with all the rumors flying around last week. But Apple fans and tablet enthusiasts should still get excited with everything that the tech giant has announced at its recent “field trip” event held at the Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in the city of Chicago in Illinois.
A team of security researchers from SophosLabs has detected a form of malware that hides in more than half a dozen Android powered mobile apps that already listed in the Google Play store. As reported by ZDNet, the apps included six QR code (Quick Response code) readers, as well as a smart compass.
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