In case you missed it, Apple recently published its list of the top 25 iOS apps affected by China’s XcodeGhost malware.
“We always recommend developers use the free, secure tools we provide them — including Xcode — to ensure they’re creating the most secure apps for App Store customers,” Apple explains. “Some developers downloaded counterfeit versions of Xcode that have been infected with malware and created apps that were just as infected. Apple incorporates technologies like Gatekeeper expressly to prevent non-App Store and/or unsigned versions of programs, including Xcode, from being installed. Those protections had to have been deliberately disabled by the developer for something like XcodeGhost to successfully install.”
Posted in Announcements, iOS, Mobile Apps, News, Smartphones
As if the next version of Apple’s iOS (iOS 9) isn’t enough to set tongues to wagging, maybe the loudest squawks are about a new ability for users to employ ad blockers.
In sum, users will be able to avoid advertising in the Safari mobile browser because iOS 9 allows the installation of third-party ad-blocking tools.
“In anticipation of the operating system update, developers across the world are readying ad-blocking applications in hopes they can cash in on the thirst for ad-free mobile browsing,” notes a WSJ report. “Millions of users already block ads on their desktop browsers and interest in the tools is growing, according to some reports. Mobile developers want a piece of the action.”
Posted in Announcements, iOS, iPhone, News, Smartphones
“When Apple unveils its new iPhone and iOS 9 operating system this week, it could also drop a bomb on publishers by opening the door to ad-blocking technology on its massively popular mobile devices.”
That’s the take from Lauren Johnson writing for AdWeek, who explains that “with Apple’s new tools, developers can build ad-blocking apps that consumers can download to wipe out ads on mobile sites when using Apple’s built-in Safari browser.”
Run-of-the-mill ads like banners and display placements have always been an easy-do for ad blocking services.
Posted in iOS, Mobile Advertising, Platforms
The moment of truth has arrived. Apple is ready to take the stage and show the world what’s next.
As far as we can tell, however, the rumor mill has already figured out what to expect.
Later this morning, Apple will likely raise the curtain on iPhone 6s, watch OS 2, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and — if there are any big “surprises” in store — possibly a new Apple TV.
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Smartphone ownership has never been greater in the United States. That’s one of the key takeaways in the latest report from comScore.
A leading provider of digital media analytics, comScore has just released fresh data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, which highlights key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry — in this case for July 2015.
All told, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 44.2 percent OEM market share.
Posted in Android, iOS, Mobile Devices, Platforms
Word on the street is that Google wants to upstage Apple this month.
If so, Google will have its work cut out for itself as the iDevice maker is poised to unveil a slate of new and refreshed offerings next week, including the purported “iPhone 6s”.
But Google doesn’t want to be disregarded on the global mobile stage. Consequently, the rumor mill says that on September 29th, Google will unveil two new smartphones.
These two devices — one from LG and another from Huawei — will be the tech giant’s counter punch for iPhone 6s.
Posted in Android, Announcements, iOS, iPhone, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms
Now this is what you call a powerhouse couple.
This week, Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to create a so-called “fast lane” for iOS business users.
How will they do it, you ask? By optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.
Posted in iOS, Mobile Partners