Apple’s total number of apps in the App Store declined for the first time last year

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The App Store’s total number of apps available decreased in 2017 for the first time in the history of the marketplace, according to analytics company Appfigures. iOS apps in the App Store shrank to 2.1 million over the course of 2017, after beginning the year at 2.2 million.

The decline can be attributed in part to Apple’s decision back in 2016 to remove old apps that were no longer compatible with newer iPhones and apps that didn’t comply with recent review guidelines. Apps that were not built on 64-bit architecture were removed.

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Total Number of App Store Apps Shrank in 2017 Thanks to Apple’s Quality Crackdown

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The number of apps available in the App Store shrank for the first time ever in 2017, according to data shared today by App Store analytics company Appfigures (via TechCrunch).

At the end of 2017, there were 2.1 million iOS apps available in the App Store, compared to 2.2 million apps at the beginning of the year.

Starting in September of 2016, Apple told developers it would be removing old, outdated apps that had not been updated with compatibility for more recent devices or no longer complied with current review guidelines.

Apple also created new App Store guidelines limiting apps created from commercialized templates or app generation services, and officially banned virus scanning apps, plus it cracked down on clone and spam apps, all of which contributed to the company’s App Store cleanup efforts.

Changes in iOS 11 may have had the biggest impact on the available number of apps in the App Store, though. With iOS 11, Apple stopped supporting 32-bit apps, which the company began phasing out in 2013. 32-bit apps do not open on devices running iOS 11, nor can older 32-bit apps be found in the App Store.

Since 2015, Apple has required all apps and app updates to use 64-bit architecture, so apps that became defunct with iOS 11 had not been updated in at least two years.

Appfigures says that the decrease in apps can also be attributed to a dip in the number of new apps submitted by developers in 2017. Just 755,000 new apps were added to the App Store in 2017, down 29 percent from the previous year. This too could be attributed to Apple’s more restrictive App Store policies cutting down on low-quality apps.

While the number of App Store apps has declined due to Apple’s efforts to make sure apps in the App Store are prioritizing quality, Google Play growth has accelerated. In 2017, Google Play reached 3.6 million available apps, a growth of 30 percent. Android developers released 1.5 million new apps in 2017, up 17 percent.

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WhatsApp’s ‘change number’ feature now includes an option to automatically notify your contacts [APK Download]

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Just like moving house, changing your phone number can be a laborious and stressful undertaking. You have to let everyone know and update a bunch of accounts with the correct information. And there’s always at least one thing you forget about, frustratingly. An update to WhatsApp’s ‘change number’ feature hopes to make the process a little bit more bearable.

The feature can be accessed by navigating to Settings > Account > Change number, and it was already pretty useful.

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WhatsApp beta for Android now lets you notify your contacts when number is changed

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WhatsApp is currently working on improving its Change number feature on iOS, Android and Windows phone. When someone gets a new number or changes his number on WhatsApp, it migrates the data to the new number preserving the chat history and will be automatically gets added to the groups that the old number is present and notifies group members.  However, WhatsApp is making changes to improve this feature further. With the 2.18.97 beta update for Android, users now have the ability to choose if they also want to notify some or all contacts. You can also choose to notify contacts who you have a chat with. This is really a very handy feature to have when users change the number and want to notify their contacts. Instead of messaging individually, notifying users about the number change is simple and hassle-free. Even if you wish to not notify any of your contacts, groups will be notified regardless. After the migration, on the recipient’s phone all the old chat will be transferred to the new one and in the chat a new bubblewill appear, indicating that the user has a new number. This new feature is currently only available on WhatsApp beta for Android, but will soon become available to iOS …
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How to Know If Someone Blocked Your Number on iPhone

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You’ve been trying to get in touch with a friend or family member, but they haven’t returned your calls or messages. Are they just busy, is something wrong with their phone, or have they blocked your number? How can you tell if someone blocked your number? There’s not a surefire way to know if your number is blocked, but there are a few telling signs that indicate someone blocked your number from texting or calling. Let’s go over the clues that calls and messages from your iPhone are being blocked.

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iMessage Not Delivered: How to Know If Someone Blocked Your Number

If someone has blocked you on their device, you won’t get an alert when it happens. You can still use iMessage to text your former contact, but they’ll never receive the message or any notification of a text received in their Messages app. There is one clue that you’ve been blocked, though. Look underneath the last text you sent before you suspect you were blocked, does it say Delivered?

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If the previous iMessage says Delivered but the most recent one doesn’t, it can mean that you’ve been blocked. As you can see in the photo below, the two iMessages I sent my sister during our blocking experiment were never tagged with a delivery notification.

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iPhone Message Not Delivered: Use SMS to Tell If Someone Blocked Your Number

If you want another indicator that your number has been blocked, enable SMS texts on your iPhone. This way when iMessages don’t go through, your device will re-send the message using your data plan. As you can see in the picture below, my iPhone dutifully attempted to re-send my iMessages in SMS form, indicated by the green text bubbles.

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If your SMS messages also don’t receive a reply or a delivery confirmation, it’s another sign that you’ve been blocked.

How to Tell If Your Number Is Blocked: Could It Be Do Not Disturb Mode?

If the person you texted hasn’t blocked you and their iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode, when their iPhone comes out of Do Not Disturb they’ll receive both a notification and your iMessage.

To show this, my co-worker Sarah did not block my number on her iPhone for the first message in the picture below, then blocked me for the second message, “Hey Sarah – test text.” For the second photo, Sarah set her iPhone to Do Not Disturb. You can see in the first photo below that for the first, unblocked text there is a delivery notification. The second, blocked text had no Delivered notification underneath. For the text during Do Not Disturb, a delivery notification popped right up, although the message wasn’t delivered until Do Not Disturb mode was turned off. Therefore I must conclude that if someone has Do Not Disturb mode turned on, you’ll still receive delivery notifications for your messages, but you will not if you’ve been blocked.

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Going Straight to Voicemail: How to Know If Someone Blocked Your Number

So your text wasn’t answered, and there’s no delivery verification either. There is still the possibility that their phone is out of service for whatever reason. Unless there’s an emergency, I’d wait to call your friend or family member. If your text still isn’t answered after a few hours and you decide to call, here’s how you can be pretty sure you’ve been blocked:

For this experiment I asked my sister to block my number, and here’s what I discovered. The phone rang, but very briefly, not even a full ring before connecting to voicemail. I was able to leave a message as I would with any unblocked call, but it appeared in a separate section of the voicemail on her iPhone; in the blocked calls section. After she unblocked me, my sister was notified in the usual way about my voicemail, on her iPhone’s Lock Screen. While I was blocked, however, there was no way at all for her to know I’d called, and no notification about the blocked voicemail. The only way she knew I rang was when she opened her voicemails and checked the Blocked Messages section. 

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If your phone number isn’t blocked and the person you’re attempting to contact has their phone in Do Not Disturb mode, your voicemail will go to the regular, unblocked section. Also, if you call twice within three minutes and you’re not blocked, the second call may go through due to the Repeated Calls feature. The Repeated Calls feature isn’t a guarantee your second call will go through, though. As you can see in the picture below, there is an option to toggle Repeated Calls off.

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Now that you have a few helpful clues to check for in your texts and calls, you’ll be able to tell with reasonable assurance whether your number has been blocked or not. It’s always best to speak to the person in question directly, though. Hopefully, there’s been a misunderstanding, but if they did intend to block you and no longer want to be in contact, chalk it up to experience and move on. 

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‘Fortnite’ is the Number One App on the App Store, Despite Limited Release

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Fortnite is the number one app on the App Store in 13 countries, including the United States. While this is not a surprise considering the popularity of the game, it is surprising because not everyone can play the game, as only a certain number of people got the invites, but anyone can download the app. While the grossing charts still exist but are not accessible to consumers, the mobile version might actually reveal just how well Fortnite actually monetizes, if only to a small degree. See, the game is free-to-play, but everything players can buy is cosmetic, such as direct purchase of skins for characters and items, emotes, or dance moves. Also, there is a Battle Pass for approximately $ 10 in V-Bucks that grants rewards over the course of the season for players, with a season running about three months. There are no “pay-to-win” elements.

Other platforms don’t have publicly-listed grossing ranks the way that Apple and Google do, so what if Fortnite enables purchases and yet does nothing on the grossing charts? That might put Fortnite‘s actual success into question, because at least PUBG on Xbox and PC actually sells $ 30 copies of the game, to go along with the skin system that has hooks into the Steam Marketplace on PC. Of course, this will be incomplete data, and given just the sheer number of players, it’s hard to see Epic going broke over Fortnite, especially with the reasonably-priced Battle Pass granting rewards.

Regardless, Fortnite on mobile is bound to be one of the most interesting releases of 2018, particularly with the battle royale genre seeing such intense competition, and the worldwide launch of PUBG on mobile seemingly imminent with its Canadian soft launch on Android. If you still haven’t signed up for the Fortnite Invite Event, you can do so here.


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Twitter has suspended a number of accounts responsible for ‘tweetdecking’

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Last month, Twitter announced a number of new rules on how users and apps can automate tweets in an effort to cut down on spam and bots that spread propaganda. The company says that users using multiple accounts can “amplify or inflate the prominence of certain tweets,” and according to BuzzFeed, it has just banned a number of accounts that were known for mass-retweeting or for copying and stealing tweets from other users.

BuzzFeed says that a number of accounts — such as @dory, @girlposts, and @ginah, some with “with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers” — violated the company’s new spam policies and have been suspended. A Twitter spokesperson pointed The Verge to new rules that the company rolled out in a broader effort…

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Texas Woman Claims AirDrop Let a Stalker Access Her Name and Phone Number

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A Texas woman is blaming a creepy stalker incident on a common iPhone feature, according to a new report. Becca Blackman Wilcox, 45, was at a convenience station in San Angelo, Texas last month. There was no one in the store other than the clerk and one other person getting gas, she told the San […]
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Cryptocurrency News March 5 – crypto number 5

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Ladies and gentleman, this is crypto number 5! One, two, three, four, five everybody log on, so come on Let’s ride to the Mt. Gox, the boys say they want some Bitcoin, but I really don’t wanna, block bust like I had last week, I must stay deep because hashrate is cheap, I like Ethereum, Dogethereum, Castilo and Litecoin, and as I continue you know they’re getting sweeter. Enough of that So what’s up big BTC! The Bitcoin is booming once again while everything else sort of swills around. This is making me kind of worry about all the stuff that…

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Amazon’s Ring buy gives it the same number of acquisitions this year as Apple or Google

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The online retailer’s acquisitions by the numbers.

Earlier this week, Amazon bought smart doorbell company Ring, bringing its total number of acquisitions in the first two months of 2018 to two — the same as Apple or Google.

Depending on its final valuation — which is expected to be over $ 1 billion — Ring could be Amazon’s second-biggest acquisition ever. Amazon made its biggest acquisition, the $ 13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods, last year. The Ring buy could unseat the ranking of Amazon’s 2009 purchase of online shoe company Zappos.

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Amazon made its first buy of the year in January, when its cloud business acquired cybersecurity startup Sqrrl. While two acquisitions so far in 2018 is competitive with Apple and Google, it’s too early to know how Amazon’s acquisition strategy will play out over the year.

Last year, Amazon had a relatively aggressive M&A strategy, buying 10 companies, according to venture capital database CB Insights.

Over its whole history, Amazon has rarely made more than two purchases each quarter — fewer than other big tech companies. In three of the last five years, Amazon has made fewer acquisitions than Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft.

What will Amazon buy next? Take a look at some predictions Recode’s Jason Del Rey made at the beginning of this year.

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