It's a little awkward writing about the concept of ad-blocking technology when you work in a sector that is largely monetized through advertising, but here goes: The fact that ad-blocking apps rose to the top of the App Store charts shouldn't have surprised anyone, least of all app and mobile game developers.
Verizon's Go90 mobile video application launched late last week and is reportedly being abetted by an $80 million marketing campaign to get the word out and drum up users, especially among its prized millennial demographic. However, Go90 dropped in app-tracking company App Annie's rankings of apps in Apple's App Store after its debut.
According to app-tracking company App Annie, Verizon's Go90 mobile video service landed at No. 14 in the "entertainment" category of Apple's U.S. App Store in its first 24 hours of availability, behind the likes of Netflix (No. 1), Hulu (#2), Kylie Jenner Official App (#8), Recolor- Coloring Book For Adults (#9) and Triller- Music Video Maker (#13). However, the app did end up ahead of Comcast's XFINITY TV Go (#19) and HBO NOW (#28).
By the end of the month, Amazon shoppers won't be able to buy Apple TV or Google Chromecast streaming devices from the online retail giant's website. While ostensibly made to prevent "customer confusion," some analysts are scratching their heads.
Apple SVP Eddy Cue brushed off questions regarding how many Apple Music users would stick with the service after a free trial period expires, and said the company is keen to address roaming fees for iPhone users.
Research conducted by Analysys Mason for IT software and services company AsiaInfo found that 62 per cent of operators surveyed felt they were currently at least two years behind large Internet players such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple in their efforts to monetise customer data.
Digicel, a wireless carrier that counts roughly 13 million customers across 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific, said it will begin blocking display and video ads in mobile web pages and in apps. The carrier said the move will reduce its customers' data usage by 10 percent. And, importantly, the carrier said it will charge companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook to bypass the block so they can deliver their ads to Digicel customers.
Wi-Fi Assist is a new tool that lets iPhone users tap into cellular data when Wi-Fi signals are too weak. The problem is: It uses cellular data instead of Wi-Fi, thereby racking up big bills for some folks who are not on unlimited data plans.
Speaking today at a Box corporate event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company doesn't have any plans to integrate its two main operating systems, Mac and iOS. "These operating systems do different things. We have no intention to blend them," he said, according to Re/code.
Apple said it sold a total of 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones during the first three days that the devices were available. The numbers point to continuing demand for Apple's news phones, noteworthy considering this year is an "s" year for Apple, where the company issued improvements to its existing iPhone models rather than an overhauled design.