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India blocks TicTok, WeChat, dozens of other Chinese apps

India blocks TicTok, WeChat, dozens of other Chinese apps

World
June 29 (UPI) -- Citing cybersecurity concerns, India blocked Internet access to 59 apps originating in China, including TikTok, WeChat and other entertainment and messaging applications, the government said Monday. The apps on iOs and Android platforms are suspected of stealing data and violating privacy of Indian users, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information said in a statement. The apps "are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, [the] defense of India and the security of state and public order," the ministry said. Advertisement TikTok, owned by ByteDance, pairs music with short videos. The app is popular with Indian users, who have downloaded 611 million TikTok installations, or about 30 percent of the 2 billion total worldwide, according to marketing websi...
Apple and Google release marks ‘watershed moment’ for contact-tracing apps

Apple and Google release marks ‘watershed moment’ for contact-tracing apps

Technology
Apple and Google have released a software tool that will make it possible for nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps that adopt the firms' privacy-centric model.It offers developers access to added Bluetooth functionality to solve a problem existing apps have of iPhones sometimes failing to detect each other.Android and iOS device owners will have to carry out system upgrades.But some countries - including the UK - are pursuing a different approach."The release of these APIs [application programming interfaces] along with the operating-system updates will be a watershed moment for the development and adoption of proximity-tracing apps," said Marcel Salathé, an epidemiologist at the Swiss research institute EPFL.He added that apps that adopted
Mobile apps’ usage spikes in lockdown

Mobile apps’ usage spikes in lockdown

Finance
BENGALURU: As India entered lockdown mode due to Covid-19 in March, more and more people logged into smartphone applications for everything, ranging from video-calls to studies to gaming and even shopping. New modes to communicate like Houseparty and Zoom saw the biggest spikes in fresh user installs, given their small base. But established large social media platforms like TikTok and mobile game PUBG also witnessed a 50-80% increase in active users between February and March, according to data from US-based analytics platform SimilarWeb shared with TOI. Interestingly, online shopping applications like Flipkart, Amazon India and Myntra have seen a 40-50% spike in activity even as business crashed in March as more consumers trapped at home browsed these applications to source essentials, bu...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Technology
iTunes Store/App Store for week ending 03/01/20:By The Associated PressMarch 3, 2020, 7:35 PM2 min read Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. TouchRetouch ,ADVA Soft GmbH 3. Heads Up! , Warner Bros. 4. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 6. Procreate Pocket Savage Interactive, Pty Ltd 7. HotSchedules, HotSchedules 8. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 9. NBA 2K20, 2K 10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar Games Top Free iPhone Apps: 1. Slap Kings, Gameguru 2. TikTok - Make Your Day, TikTok Inc. 3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC 4. Cut and Paint, MagicLab 5. PicsArt Photo Editor + Collage, PicsArt, Inc. 6. Instagram, Instagram, Inc. 7. Snapchat, Snap, Inc. 8. Trivia.io , 8SEC 9. Facebook, Facebook, Inc. 10. Messenger Facebook, Inc. Top Paid iPad...
Coronavirus quarantine sparks China download boom in games and apps

Coronavirus quarantine sparks China download boom in games and apps

Business
China's coronavirus outbreak has fuelled record downloads of apps and games by millions of quarantined households, fresh data reveals.Figures released by the analytics platform App Annie showed there had been more than 222 million downloads in China from Apple's online store in the week beginning 2 February. Amid the spiralling crisis, average weekly downloads of apps in the first two weeks of February leapt by 40% compared to the average for the whole of 2019, according to the data provided to the Financial Times. Image: With schools closed in China, there has been a spike in downloads of education apps App Annie told the paper: "Downloads continued to grow well into the weeks following the lunar new year holidays as millions of work...