An Apple App Store flaw allowed developers to access data from the third-party contacts of iOS users, but the company has now closed that loophole. The opening allowed iOS users to bar their own information, but did not extend that option to users' contacts.
Apple says it will not accept cryptocurrency mining apps for iOS devices and has banned developers from submitting them. The company's updated policy includes stipulations that apps not drain battery or excessively strain devices.
Eighty-seven percent of mobile marketers indicated in a Factual and Lawless Research survey that they employ location targeting, and they cited the top three benefits as customer growth, improved engagement and better response rates. Ninety-one percent of respondents said that personalizing location-based ads gives them a better understanding of audiences, while 87% said it leads to a more positive consumer experience.
App developers are getting a helping hand from Facebook as it open sources its Sonar debugging tool. The goal is faster app development with the use of Sonar, which Facebook employs to implement and debug new features as well as to optimize older ones.
Baidu has unveiled a $14 voice-activated smart speaker aimed at cost-conscious consumers. The Xiaodu is the third smart speaker released by Baidu in the past eight months and is less expensive than competing models from Xiaomi, Cheetah, Alibaba and JD.com.
EU antitrust regulators will spend four months investigating Deutsche Telekom relating to its bid to purchase Tele2's Dutch business. The European Commission has taken a stronger stance of late against deals that could create monopolies, and it recently blocked a similar merger between TeliaSonera and Telenor.
Vivo has introduced in-display fingerprint sensors through the X21, which will make this the first time this type of technology comes standard in a phone. Both Xiaomi and Huawei recently announced new flagship phones that use this technology, but Vivo is pushing for wider adoption than any other company in the region.
Mobile is leading the digital shift due to advancements leading to 5G technology, the advantage of apps and mobile pay convenience, writes Jon Mikow in this post for Dealerscope. Mikow believes these mobile advancements will affect every industry, writing, "Sooner or later, nearly every industry will be impacted by the digital transformation in some way."
Dave & Buster's will install a virtual reality "Jurassic World" attraction from VRstudios at 112 of its restaurants. The VR platform will feature the new Jurassic World VR Expedition game that multiple people can play simultaneously.