A Quarter of Users Abandon Apps After One Try

There are a lot of apps in the world, and nobody has the time or space for all of them. The iTunes App Store is host to more than 1.5 million applications, while Google Play has over 2 million. The number of available apps could be overkill – a recent study found one in four users download an app and only use it once. The Localytics study looked at a user base of 37,000 people and found that 62 percent of them will use an app less than 11 times. That’s not good news for developers, since it is a

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One Percent of Developers Make All the Money on App Store

It’s a statistic that may crush your app developing dreams – the top one percent of U.S. publishers account for 94 percent of the total App Store revenue. That means $1.34 billion of the $1.43 billion in net revenue created by iOS apps went to only 623 companies, while the remaining $85.8 million was spread amongst 61,677 publishers. This statistic comes on behalf of Sensor Tower – also an App Store vendor – which specializes in sales tracking software. Sensor Tower monitored App Store data from January 1 to March 31 to cumulate these numbers. So who is making all

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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Cloud Services Keeping Apple Afloat

Apple’s having a rough time financially –the company saw its first decline in revenue in over a decade this quarter. iPhone sales have dropped 18 percent, iPad 19 percent and Mac nine percent. But every cloud has a silver lining, and Apple’s cloud could be keeping it afloat. Apple’s cloud services include the App Store and Apple Music, areas in which revenue has jumped 20 percent to $6 billion. The only thing ahead of it is “Other Products” which include Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats and other such products. To put the success of Apple’s cloud services in perspective, it

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No Plans for FCC to Regulate Netflix

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won’t be looking to claims that Netflix is throttling its own video streams, said FCC Chair Tom Wheeler. According to the FCC, Netflix and similar services are considered “edge providers” meaning that the rules of Open Internet do not apply to them. “We do not regulate edge providers,” Wheeler was quoted as saying. “It’s outside of our jurisdiction… It is not an Open Internet issue what they’re doing. I’m going to leave it at that.” Netflix has admitted to reducing video speeds for AT&T and Verizon customers for over five years now, but it maintains

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Did Steve Wozniak Create a Mac Virus?

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has admitted he wrote code for a Mac virus. The reveal came during a recent interview with late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, where Wozniak was defending Apple in the midst of the current FBI investigation into the San Bernardino shootings. According to the Daily Mail Online, Wozniak’s exact words were, “A couple of times I wrote something that could have been a virus. And each time I threw every bit of code I’d written.” The code he claims to have written and destroyed could have been potentially damaging to Mac users. Wozniak’s fear was that

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Apple Pay May Launch MasterCard in Canada

If the rumors are true, Apple Pay is preparing to roll out MasterCard payments in numerous countries in 2016, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Singapore. According to MacRumors.com, an internal document indicated Apple Pay’s plans to increase its offerings. Though the service supports the big American banks, it doesn’t offer the same in foreign countries. “Earlier this month, a hidden ‘NetworkInterac’ string was uncovered in iOS 9.2.1 code that hints at Apple Pay support at Canada’s big banks,” wrote Joe Rossignol, on MacRumors. “Interac is Canada’s official debit card network, adopted by the country’s largest financial institutions nationwide. TD

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Android Users Can Save Apple Music to SD Card

Apple has recently released an update for the beta app of Apple Music for Android. As Android users may know, one of the perks of having an Android over an iPhone is the additional storage available through the use of an SD card – which Apple products do not support. Now it seems that Apple is choosing to recognize that perk, and are allowing Android users the option to store songs from Apple Music on their SD card. This is a pretty decent update for a few reasons. Firstly, having the option not to store all your music on your

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Alphabet is the World’s Most Valuable Company

Google parent company Alphabet has officially become the world’s most valuable company, knocking previous titleholder Apple down a peg. This is mostly due to Alphabet’s growing digital advertising business. In the past year Alphabet has made a $4.9 billion profit, up from $4.7 billion from the year before. Its stocks have skyrocketed in value and the company itself is worth about $570 billion. Apple, in comparison, is worth around $535 billion. Like Alphabet, Apple’s past quarter was record breaking. However, it is also faced with dwindling smartphone sales, as less people have been buying iPhones in the past months. In

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Apple Recalls Millions of Power Adapters

No one wants to think about the risk of electric shock when charging their devices. Unfortunately, some Apple users may be at risk of just that because of their iPads and MacBooks. Recently, the tech giant found a number of its power adaptors for international outlets were inherently broken, potentially causing electric shock. Now the company faces having to recall decades’ worth of products. The affected power adaptors shipped with iPads and MacBooks between 2003 and 2015 worldwide. They also came in the Apple World Travel kit. Although Apple has yet to give an exact number of adaptors impact by

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