Developers soon will need to get approval from Apple for the descriptions of software updates posted in the App Store. The goal seems to be to prevent unscrupulous devs from using this high-profile messaging area for nefarious purposes. A note warning developers that this policy will go into effect next month has been posted on […]
As of April, iPhone and iPad developers will no longer be able to make on-the-fly changes to the "What’s New in This Version" text in App Store listings, or even those pages’ support and marketing URLs.
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Apple quietly rolled out a change to a certain feature that allowed developers some leeway with typos and the ‘What’s New’ section in general in addition to support URLs. Beginning April, developers can no longer edit either of these sections without submitting a new app update to the App Store. Until now, developers could change the URLs for marketing and support in addition to the ‘What’s New in This Version’ text to correct simple typos once an update has gone live. This could even allow some developers to roll out a server side change with new client side features and have the update notes reflect this change without actually submitting a new binary. This can even be useful for an app update that actually ends up not working as expected so the developer can notify customers to hold off on an update (assuming said customers don’t have auto updates enabled) like with Super Hexagon.
I can understanding the reasoning behind this iTunesConnect change, but it’s often been handy to edit the What’s New without doing an update… pic.twitter.com/S6UXBRRF2j
— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) March 20, 2018
One could argue that this is good because developers can’t misuse the release notes after an app has been submitted, it actually is a very inconsistent change. With this, while developers can’t actually play around with text in the update notes, they can change things on the server that the support or marketing URLs point to.
This basically nullifies any protection from misuse beginning April when Apple will roll out this change. As expected, Apple hasn’t clarified why this change is happening and it quietly rolled out last night. We might be informed of something either before or around the new Apple event that takes place next week but that isn’t really a developer focussed event.
Samsung touts the new Intelligent Scan facial recognition system in the Galaxy S9 as better than the easily fooled system used in the S8, but there’s no real-world change for owners of the new device. Samsung’s facial recognition technology remains far less secure than Apple’s Face ID. The Galaxy S8 offered facial recognition and iris […]
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The overall value of the global cryptocurrency market reached an all-time high of more than $ 700 billion on January 3, 2018, a clear indicator of the increased interest in the adoption of digital currencies and their underlying blockchain technology.
That’s the opening salvo in a statement to media this week from Tapinator, as the company suggests that blockchain is already being successfully implemented across various market sectors and is expected to revolutionize a significant number of industries over the next decade, including the financial, healthcare, real estate, legal and gaming industries.
Mobile gaming in particular is a promising segment for blockchain adoption, with the fastest growing rate in the whole gaming industry and over $ 40 billion in revenues in 2017.
“Tapinator, Inc. has positioned itself to exploit these market trends and establish an early lead within the blockchain gaming industry through the recent creation of its subsidiary, Revolution Blockchain LLC.,” a provided statement reads. “Other companies poised to capitalize on opportunities in the blockchain sector include Bitcoin Investment Trust, Riot Blockchain, Inc., Bitcoin Services, Inc. and Marathon Patent Group, Inc.”
To learn more about Tapinator and what the company is up to, click here.
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Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter "promoted" tweets noting it as well.
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Finding Assistant services can be a pain. Unless you’re constantly scrolling through all the available options, you’re going to miss things. Google is rolling out a number of changes to Assistant that will make it easier to find apps and services. Developers will also have a few new tools at their disposal to build Assistant apps.
Of primary importance on the user side, the Assistant menu will now have better discovery features.
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Google’s AI Investment
Google is fully aware of artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential — DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI is one of today’s most well-known examples of its capabilities — and in an earnings call this week, the company made it clear they believe the future of technology lies with AI.
During the call, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (Google’s parent company), praised the company’s decision to invest in AI early, highlighting the concept’s trajectory from “a research project to something that can solve new problems for a billion people a day,” according to an Inverse report.
Pichai went on to note how Google’s AI research is already producing products that utilize machine learning, such as the Google Clips camera that debuted earlier this month. “Even though we are in the early days of AI, we are already rethinking how to build products around machine learning,” said Pichai. “It’s a new paradigm compared to mobile-first software, and I’m thrilled how Google is leading the way.”
Pichai went on to note the performance of Google Assistant since its implementation. While the AI powering it may not be smarter than a fifth grader, it continues to learn and help people “get things done in the real world,” said the CEO. Work done by DeepMind this year to add imagination and teach AI to manage real-world tasks has almost certainly been a factor in Google Assistant’s success.
Last month, Google Cloud Chief Scientist Fei-Fei Li said that AI needs to be more human-centered, noting that making that shift would lead to better communication and collaboration between humans and AI. Li’s words may have impacted the way Google’s AI is used to improve services, such as Google Photos and Google Maps.
“500 million people now use the machine learning smarts of Google Photos to manage and share their memories,” said Pichai. “The billion-plus people using Google Maps now get thoughtfully contextual information like how to find parking where they are going.”
Consumers aren’t the only ones benefiting from artificial intelligence. According to Pichai, businesses are also starting to learn how to use AI and machine learning to grow and remain relevant in a world that’s embracing more powerful technology.
Google isn’t exempt from this, either. The company has created an AI that’s better at making AI systems than human engineers are. It’s an exciting development, to be sure, though it and AlphaGo Zero, which has self-learning capabilities, may cause some concerns, such as those held by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Artificial intelligence is here to stay, and Pichai’s comments both highlight the technology’s current capabilities while also acknowledging its future. AI’s effect on jobs and the ethics of the tech still need to be addressed, but provided we can control it, AI is poised to lift humanity to new heights and radically change the world for the better.
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