News tagged ‘mobile platforms’

Chinese Apple Users Encounter New Type of Malware

Security researchers from Palo Alto Networks have recently discovered a new type of malware. This malware is called WireLurker and it infects both iOS devices and Mac OS X computers. Over the past six months, a wide number of users mainly from China have encountered with this piece of malware. The researchers claim that WireLurker is a complete new threat and it can possibly open the new era in the creation of malware attacking both Apple's desktop and mobile platforms.

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iPhone For The First Time Took Top Spot For Mobile Web Usage

Analytics company StatCounter today published the result of the new research on mobile Internet usage in January 2013. Last month iPhone users held the number one position, while Nokia experienced a considerable decline in 2012.

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Written by maxim

Monday, February 4th, 2013. 20:46

FTC Recommends Mobile Platforms And App Devs Improve Privacy Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission today published a report, where it recommends how key players in the mobile ecosystem can better inform their consumers about how their personal data is being used. In its report, the FTC named several companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and BlackBerry as well as advertising networks, app developers, app developer trade associations and analytics companies.

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Apple's OS X passes Windows Vista in worldwide usage


The latest monthly data of desktop operating shares from Net Applications shows that total Web usage of Apple's OS X operating system has exceeded Microsoft's Windows Vista. Microsoft's Windows Vista fell in August to 6.15 percent of tracked Web usage. Meanwhile, Apple's latest operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, grew to 1.34 percent.

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Cloud Gaming Company OnLive Releases Its App For Tablets And Mobile Platforms


The pioneer of cloud gaming OnLive has announced the release of its playable app for tablets and mobile devices. Now top-tier, console-class games that was previously limited only to computers and consoles are available for playing through the free OnLive app on more than half a million mobile devices over mobile networks and Wi-Fi in the UK and US.

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Apple still No. 1 manufacturer in growing US smartphone market


According to findings released on Tuesday by Nielsen, Apple remained the largest smartphone manufacture in the Unites States in the third quarter. While smartphones sales continue to grow in the U.S., accounting for 56 percent of all cellphone sales in the prior quarter, Apple’s market share has reached 30%. Apple's third quarter performance was followed by HTC with a 20.3% share.

As for mobile platforms, Android and iOS dominate with a 71.1% share, holding 42.8% and 28.3% respectively. About a half of all mobile users in the United States owns a smartphone. During the prior quarter 56% of all handsets purchases were smartphones. The third place still belongs to RIM's BlackBerry platform with 17.8% that was followed by Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, HP's Palm/webOS, Symbian and the fledgling Windows Phone.

App downloads in the third quarter saw that Google and Apple have the largest share. 83% of all downloads were made through Android and iOS devices. But Google has recently expressed dissatisfaction by the situation with app downloads, and hinted at upcoming changes that would bring its online store more in line with Apple's.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, December 1st, 2011. 11:43

Adobe manager puts partial blame on Apple for mobile Flash failure


Mike Chambers, Principal Product Manager at Adobe, blames Apple of halting development of the Flash Player for mobile devices, because Apple refused to support Flash on its iOS devices. As he clarified, Adobe will support existing versions of Flash Player for mobile devices, and concentrate on HTML 5 technology.

"Considering how politically charged the issue has been, the decision to stop development of the Flash Player for Mobile Browsers was not an easy decision. However, at the end of the day, there were a number of items that made it clear that putting resources towards its continued development would not be the best use of resources," he wrote.

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Android And iOS Account For 58% of Portable Gaming Revenue in U.S.


Flurry, mobile analytics firm, reports that portable gaming has seen a continuous shift from dedicated gaming devices to smartphones and other multifunctional devices.

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Now Adobe’s Flash Builder and Flex framework supports iPhone and iPad

This morning Adobe announced a large number of software updates to the Flex Framework and Flash Builder that will make it possible for developers to create projects for BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad, besides Android support that was implemented in April.

Now version 4.5 of Flex and Flash are added to Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Master Collection, but also they can be bought separately (Flash Builder Standard for 249$, Premium for 669$). In a blog post Adobe’s Puneed Goel gave praises to the release:

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Yahoo! Unveiled Its Search Engine Gor iOS Apps


Today Yahoo! revealed new tools that can help in seeking apps for your iOS device. It's a dedicated search engine Yahoo! App Search and iOS app called Yahoo! App Spot.

Besides using standard app descriptors the tools also introduce and utilize rich categories, personalized recommendations, user reviews on the web, different ratings and so on.

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Abramsky: Apple may benefit from partnership between Microsoft and Nokia


This week Mike Abramsky from RBC Capital Markets released another note to investors, where he said that partnership between Microsoft and Nokia can "inadvertently help" Google Android, Apple and possibly RIM.

This Friday, at conference in London Stephen Elop, who was a Microsoft's Business Division head and now is a CEO at Nokia, along with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the strategic alliance.

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Apple surpassed Motorola and Sony in handset sales

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Source: Gartner (February 2011)

Today Gartner revealed the results of another research, where it was found that Apple's achievements in 2010 had led to the situation when the company's competitors experienced reduced sales and eventually lost significant market shares.

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Skype Video Calling Coming to iPhone

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Skype has had an iPhone application since early 2009. Put video calling wasn’t available there till the present moment. But the company has to roll out video calling for the iPhone or other mobile platforms. Skype is rumored to announce video calling support for the iPhone and iPod touch at CES 2011 early next month. The company has told that it is going to make a series of announcements concerning video calling at CES. Moreover, Skype will be participating in a panel called “Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetime”.

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Apple And Google Interested In Buying BOKU?


Both Apple and rival Google are interested in purchasing mobile payments company Boku. San Francisco-based Boku is a startup company, which aims to bring "bank-grade payments technology" to mobile platforms and create the standard for online payments using a mobile phone. The company has partnered with mobile carriers to allow customers to purchase goods using their mobile phones. Customers simply enter their mobile phone number when looking to purchase an item and a confirmation message is sent to their device. The resulting charges are then added to your wireless monthly bill. It would eliminate the need for the use of credit cards for online transactions. As expected, Apple may spend at least $250 million (and up to $450 million) to acquire BOKU.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010. 14:28

VLC May Disappear from the App Store

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VLC is a popular media player for Mac, Windows and Linux that was ported for the iPad in September and landed on the iPhone few days ago. But now there is a chance it may disappear from the App Store. According to one of the primary VLC developers Remi Denis-Courmont, Videolan (the VLC's owner) has sent a notification of copyright infringement to Apple concerning the iOS's version of the VLS that is being distributed in the App Store.

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