Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity

Apple has removed 18 iOS apps after determining they were being used to earn money for cybercriminals by conducting ad fraud.

The apps were found to be secretly clicking adverts to earn the attacker cash. While such conduct is not intrusive and may not even be noticeable by the user, it can slow down the device, use more data, and/or drain the battery faster.

Security researchers at Wandera discovered 17 of the infected apps which spanned a wide range of categories including productivity, utilities, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Google bans yet another Chinese app developer for invasive ads

Google has banned a Chinese app developer for violating its advertising policies shortly after booting another from the Play Store.

CooTek, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has found itself on Google’s naughty list and had dozens of its app removed.

The company is most well known in Western countries for its TouchPal keyboard but also had a range of apps spanning various categories. CooTek predominately focused on health-oriented apps such as HiFit, Abs Workout, Breeze (a meditation...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Industry, Mobile.

How to easily integrate real flight and travel data into any app

Sponsored The statistics around online travel show that users are particularly used to the app experience. A study carried out last year found that 58% of the more than 950 end travellers polled said they preferred apps to search for flights. 53% said they preferred apps to search for accommodation.

Whether you work in travel, are a developer interested in the industry or an entrepreneur looking for their next idea, it is an...

By Elena Solera, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Location.

Google will revise ad blocker-killing Chromium proposal

Google has decided to revise its proposed Chromium update that would have killed ad blockers and some other extensions.

The proposal, to restrict Chromium's script blocking capabilities to the new DeclarativeNetRequest API instead of the old webRequest API, caused a backlash from extension developers and users.

Chromium engineer Devlin Cronin provided an update on Google Groups following the outcry:

“I’d like to reiterate that all of these changes are still in the draft and...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, API, HTML5, Industry.

Facebook tightens security of some APIs in platform changes

Amid the continued fallout after Cambridge Analytica took advantage of Facebook’s APIs, the social media giant is making several platform changes.

For anyone who’s been living under a rock, election data firm Cambridge Analytica partnered with an app which used prior versions of Facebook’s advertising API to collect data on at least 87 million users without their consent.

Investigations...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, API, Facebook, Platforms.

Comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit like Disney

If you build apps that are intended for children, make sure you comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit similar to Disney.

The Walt Disney Company is facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect the personal information of children using its apps. Amanda Rushing, the complainant, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the San Francisco/Oakland division of the United States District Court.

Four other affiliated defendants will join The Walt Disney Company including Disney Electronic Content, marketing platform...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Ethics, Industry, Marketing, Platforms.

Apple cracks down on OS-level ad blockers

If your iOS app uses a VPN-based solution to prevent ads being displayed, you may find it can no longer be updated. For app developers who use ads to monetise, you may find an uptick in revenue as a result.

Apple appears to be cracking down on its policy that apps cannot affect others. The developers of popular ad blocking apps that have managed to slip through and go undetected – such as  Adblock and

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, iOS.

Data is important in the app - but don’t forget the user experience

As app publishers and brands continue to leverage various forms of data to better understand user behavior, they would be advised to remember the second half to that equation: the user experience.

What brands say to the user and how they say it can be as important as knowing whom they’re saying it to.

Gary Eastwood, an advisor to CIO, writes in the...

By StartApp, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Marketing.

Apple slashes affiliate app commission by almost 65 percent

According to a document obtained by MacStories’ Federico Viticci, Apple plans to slash the commission received for some affiliate referrals.

The rate, beginning May 1st, will be reduced by almost 65 percent to just 2.5 percent from the current 7 percent. The document indicates the reduced rate will only affect App Store and in-app purchase referrals, at least for now. Referrals for iTunes content such as music, movies, TV shows, and books will still receive the 7 percent rate.

Apple plans to slash the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, Industry.

Why Apple and Google are now reaching out to indie developers

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Without the marketing and UA budgets of the bigger app studios, indie developers can have trouble spreading the word about their applications, being featured in the app stores, and gaining big user bases.

For years, indie developers have criticised the two biggest app stores, the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, for prioritizing big studio games over the independent developers who form the backbone of the app economy. Now, Apple and Google are beginning to unveil new features...

By StartApp, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Apple, App Stores.