Smartphone users being warned about malicious Android keyboard app

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A popular third-party keyboard app for Android smartphones makes unauthorized purchases. The malicious Android keyboard app is called ai.type and, according to researchers at mobile technology firm Upstream, the app has been downloaded over 40 million times. It has recently been discovered that ai.type has been making millions of purchases of premium digital content; purchases that were not authorized by users. The software masks its activity to spoof apps. The malicious Android keyboard app, which was deleted from the Google Play Store in June, is a customizable on-screen keyboard app.…

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Apple Pay swipes Starbucks’ long-held mobile payments crown

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The coffee chain has been the benchmark for m-payments success but no longer has the most users. For the first time, a general purpose mobile payments app has become more popular than Starbucks’ own as Apple Pay climbs to the top spot. The Seattle-based coffee company has been the gold standard for mobile payments success. New eMarketer Inc. data showed that Apple Pay now has more users than the Starbucks mobile payments service. Never before has a general purpose payment app been more popular than that of the coffee retailer.…

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Snapchat Adidas mobile game lets players buy special baseball cleats

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Adidas partners with Snapchat and Dick’s Sporting Goods to launch a shoppable 8-bit mobile game. The Snapchat Adidas mobile game, called “Baseball’s Next Level,” is an 8-bit mobile game available on the social app. The game, which is the result of a partnership between the German sportswear giant, the social app, and the American sporting goods retail company, lets Snapchat users play as MLB athletes and each of those athletes are wearing their own limited-edition cleats from the Adidas 8-bit collection. Snapchat users can purchase the shoes directly within the…

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Mario Kart Tour becomes Nintendo’s fastest mobile game launch to date

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The popular racing game has been downloaded over 90 million times in its first week. With over 90 million downloads in the first week of its release, Mario Kart Tour is at the top of the charts and is easily Nintendo’s fastest mobile game launch ever. The number of downloads is six times higher than Nintendo’s second best mobile game launch. According to Sensor Tower, the number of downloads of Mario Kart Tour is six times greater than Nintendo’s mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which was its second biggest…

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4JET SCANNECT QR code tire reader app rolls out for iOS and Android platforms

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4JET has made it even easier for consumers to scan its quick response codes on tires. The German-based supplier of laser system services has launched the 4JET SCANNECT app, which provides optimal reading results of its QR codes printed on tires, even in situations involving contaminated codes or difficult lighting conditions. The company’s high contrast QR code engraving is a world first. What makes the 4JET SCANNECT (which is short for “scan and connect”) particularly unique is that it’s novel laser marking process can engrave an individual and permanent QR…

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