Tension has risen between the two leading music streaming operators. Spotify recently accused Apple of making it difficult for the music streaming company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app. In a letter to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app. The letter to Apple’s lawyer was sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez, detailing how Apple rejected an updated…
Despite the fact that Facebook, which owns WhatsApp messenger, cannot read its users messages because of end-to-end encryption on its messages, on Thursday, June 30, a Brazilian court blocked 19.5 million reals ($6.07 million) of Facebook funds after the social media giant failed to reveal messages related to a drugs case. It’s the latest in a long-running feud between Brazil and WhatsApp, after a Brazilian judge shut down the messaging service for 72 hours in May, affecting Brazil’s 100 million…

Seven-year-old Facebook hoax continues to trap users

Written on Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:45
Social media has provided a means for people to communicate with one another like never before – but with platforms like Facebook used by over one billion people, information spreads like wildfire – and there’s no guarantee that it’s true. For example, many Facebook users have been taken in by a seven-year-old Facebook hoax. Users are spreading a false message about Facebook introducing payment subscription. The hoax, which has been around for about seven years now, even has its own…

Google Maps and Google Earth get graphics upgrade

Written on Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:04
Have you noticed anything different about Google Maps? Perhaps the images you’re looking at look creepily real? That’s because Google has deployed new imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 observation satellite in Google Maps and Google Earth, according to a blog post by Chris Herwig, Program Manager, Google Earth Engine, on Monday, June27. Landsat 8 launched into orbit in 2013 and is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program. Herwig said it is “superior to its predecessors in many ways,”…
Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practices highlight the increasing trends for connectivity and mobile phone usage across the board in Deloitte’s latest report entitled: Global Mobile Consumer Trends. Both intensity in usage and ownership rates are increasing―in some categories more than doubling―pointing to dramatically changing consumer behaviors, and a shift towards non-voice communications such as text and instant messaging (IM). Deloitte conducted a survey designed to gather information regarding consumer behaviors, trends and opinions for a broad range of…
On June 20 it was reported that the Algerian government had blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites in order to stop high school students from cheating in an important exam across the country. The blockage was called for after questions from the 2016 International Baccalaureate examination paper were leaked earlier in June on Facebook. It resulted in over 550,000 Algerian students having to retake their tests. Algeria’s Ministry of Education has identified 31 suspects involved with…
At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which took place from 13-17 June in San Francisco, the iOS 10 upgrade was finally introduced to the world during a keynote. The iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad is a milestone software update, filled with major changes for daily smartphone and tablet routine, most notably featuring new 3D touch abilities, significant Siri updates and more protection from bugs. What’s more, it’s absolutely free to download in July. Apple’s messaging app is reportedly…
Intel Security just released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2016, which explains the dynamics of mobile app collusion, where cybercriminals manipulate two or more apps to orchestrate attacks capable of exfiltrating user data, inspecting files, sending fake SMS messages, loading additional apps without user consent, and sending user location information to control servers. McAfee Labs has observed such behaviour across more than 5,000 versions of 21 apps designed to provide useful user services such as mobile video streaming, health…
Popular instant messaging app Line will list its shares in Tokyo and New York according to reports on Friday, June 10, in what could be one of the year's biggest initial public offerings. Japanese media, including the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo news agency, said the Tokyo-based firm was set to win approval from regulators Friday to go public as early as next month. Japanese reports said Line, which is owned by South Korean internet provider Naver, plans to raise…
Proving that even the most tech-savvy individuals are not safe in the digital world, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had his social media accounts hacked on Sunday night, June 5. The hackers have been identified as OurMine Team, and managed to hack into Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts, and also claim to have broken into his Instagram account, although Facebook denied this to VentureBeat and there isn’t any evidence to support this claim. OurMine Team is an infamous group of…

Iran cracks down on app security

Written on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:03
Recent reports have highlighted Iran’s crackdown on internet services, since authorities have reportedly given messaging app makers twelve months to move data from local users to servers located in the country, therefore allowing Iran to have greater security, privacy and peace of mind. Reuters reports that the decision to crack down on app services came from the Supreme Council of Cyberspace. The move was also based on the “guidelines and concerns of the Supreme Leader.” Of particular concern is the…

New APIs aim to make Android Pay more user-friendly

Written on Monday, 23 May 2016 06:32
Nothing is new about Apple and Google competing head-to-head. Either Apple or Google always seem to hold the upper hand depending on what’s recently been released. Both Apple and Google are venturing into app payment systems via the App Store and Google Play. Apple Pay has already been released in countries like the U.S., Australia and Singapore. Now Google is catching up with the release of Android Pay soon to penetrate the UK. While Google’s mobile payments have been live…
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