Play Store adware crackdown drops 600 Android apps from the marketplace

Adware Crackdown - Stop - Warning - Ban

Google has taken down hundreds of mobile applications and has banned several developers. Google has launched a massive adware crackdown, removing 600 Android apps and banning developers who were using out-of-application ads to send users spam. The effort was made to help slash the number of abusive Android developers breaking Play Store regulations. The adware crackdown was meant primarily to remove the apps and their developers when out-of-application ads were used for spamming users. An out-of-app ad is one with origins in one application but that will be displayed on…

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Android app tracking improperly follows children, study

Android App Tracking - Children with mobile phone

Despite Google’s strong privacy track record, it has allegedly allowed thousands of apps to track kids. Google, known for its positive track record with personal data security, has allegedly allowed improper Android app tracking of children. This does not imply that the company itself has been gathering data about kids. That said, it has not prevented third parties from doing it through apps running on its mobile operating system. In that area, Google has a far less impressive track record for protecting its youngest users. This is not the first…

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Mobile app revenue jumped 35 percent last year on iOS and Android

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Over the last couple of years, there have been concerns about app sales dropping off – so far so good. The last couple of years have been worrisome for developers and their mobile app revenue. Many experts have suggested that smartphone apps have either peaked or are dying off and are no longer worth creating. However, the revenue growth experienced last year suggests that there is life yet in the application market. Developers that still have incredible app ideas up their sleeves may still have considerable opportunities to take advantage…

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Google augmented reality goal is “100 million” devices before next spring

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The search engine giant is geared up to bring an AR technology to millions of devices throughout the winter. A recent Google augmented reality announcement revealed the search engine giant has plans to rival Apple in the AR technology sphere. The reason is that its future upcoming platform that will make it possible for Android phone users to use AR apps without hardware changes. Apple has been working on its own iOS update which will include a push toward augmented reality use. At the same time, a Google augmented reality…

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So-called “Judy” Android malware could affect over 36.5 million devices

Judy Android Malware

The announcement of this spreading cyber attack follows closely on the heels of the WannaCry ransomware. In a month riddled with PC and cyber security issues, a new Android malware called “Judy” has made its way onto the scene. This is expected to affect more than 36.5 million smartphones and tablets, after WannaCry planted its ransomware into over 200,000 computers. The Judy malware was uncovered by researchers at Checkpoint security and it will rapidly infect millions. Judy is a form of Android malware that is meant to build fraudulent clicks…

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