Scammers Are Using Fake Apple In-App Subscriptions to Make Lot of Money


In this year’s annual event, Apple announced that the company had paid out $70 Billion to developers in the App Store’s lifetime and that $21 Billion of the amount was paid in the last year alone.

But has all this money gone to the legitimate app developers?

Probably not, as app developer Johnny Lin last week analyzed the Apple’s App Store and discovered that most of the trending apps on the app store are completely fake and are earning their makers hundreds of thousands of dollars through in-app purchases and subscriptions.

Scammers Use ‘Search Ads’ Platform to Boost App Ranking

 Shady developers are abusing Apple’s relatively new and immature App Store Search Ads, which was launched at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), to promote their app in the store by using a few strategically chosen search ads and a bit of SEO.
“They’re taking advantage of the fact that there’s no filtering or approval process for ads, and that ads look almost indistinguishable from real results, and some ads take up the entire search result’s first page,” Lin wrote in his lengthy Medium post.
“I dug deeper to find that unfortunately, these aren’t isolated incidents, they’re fairly common in the app store’s top grossing lists. And this isn’t just happening with security related keywords. It seems like scammers are bidding on many other keywords.”

Watch Out, Don’t fall for Fake Apple In-App Subscriptions

One of the top earning apps Lin found was named “Mobile Protection: Clean & Security VPN” that tricked users into signing up for a $99.99 per week subscription for a complete garbage service by just laying their thumb on the Touch ID.

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Tim Cook confirmed the work of Apple over unmanned technologies


Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Technology television interview during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S., on Monday, June 5, 2017. The conference aims to inspire developers from around the world to turn their passions into the next great innovations and apps that customers use every day across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

In the press, more than once appeared information that Apple is working on their own car, unmanned systems and other projects from this sphere. But the company itself has never directly expressed its own development. Now CEO Tim Cook for the first time clearly stated that Apple is concentrating on unmanned technologies, but did not confirm the work on the product – automobile.

“We focus on autonomous systems. This is a key technology that we consider important. We, kind of, see it as the “mother” of all projects based on artificial intelligence. This is probably one of the most complex AI projects that you can work on, “Cook said in an interview with Bloomberg.

CEO Apple believes that the car industry is facing a serious shock. It comes simultaneously from three sides: unmanned technologies, electrification of cars and services for the sharing of cars.

Initially, from 2014, the company from Cupertino planned to work on the product in two of these niches. It was reported that Apple is working on its own electric vehicle with potentially unmanned technologies: the company even rented an office and hired up to 1,000 people for the Project Titan project. But in the fall of 2016, information appeared that the corporation had abandoned the car in favor of unmanned systems. Already in April 2017, Apple received permission to test three unmanned cars on the roads of California.


Park on the roof: what will the new Google headquarters in London look like

The Verge has studied the plan for the future headquarters of Google in London. Now in the capital of England there are 4000 employees, in several offices. The company wants to collect them all under one roof. On which there will be a real big park.

The building with a height of 11 floors will take more than 80,000 square meters. M and will be able to accept up to 7000 employees. Construction of the headquarters will begin already in 2018, but the exact date of the end is still unknown. The total budget of the project is more than 1 billion pounds.


How to properly shoot on the iPhone 7: tips from Apple

If you want to collect more likes in Instagram – Apple will help you. The company recently published a series of short video tutorials for those who are fond of shooting on the iPhone. The instructions are for iPhone 7/7 Plus owners, but will also be useful to owners of older versions. All videos are collected in a special section on the company’s website. There are lessons about how to properly shoot portrait photos, how to shoot when outdoors, how to catch an image under a unique angle, etc. Many tips seem slightly banal, but among them there are also not quite obvious, with useful tips.


The loudest announcements of the E3 2017: the new Wolfenstein and Assassin’s Creed, Fallout and Doom in VR

These days in Los Angeles is one of the most famous gemmedev-conferences of the world – Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3. Traditionally, many of the largest game developers have prepared for the conference announcements of new games, DLC, gadgets – this year it involves about a hundred companies. We offer you an overview of the main gaming announcements on E3 2017.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Ubisoft confirmed rumors and told that another game of the popular series called Assassin’s Creed Origins is being prepared. At a press briefing, Microsoft shared five minutes of gameplay, which confirmed the location – Ancient Egypt. In the trailer, we see a piece of battle with the Roman centurion, so you can make assumptions about the time frame of the game (for example, the period when Egypt was a Roman province). The game will be released in October this year, for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Developers said the cease further support of MP3 format

German institute that developed the audio format MP3, announced the completion of the latest patents on the format and termination charges licensing fees from software vendors.

“We thank all of our licensees for the great support in creating MP3, the de facto main audio format in the world the last 20 years” – said in a statement.

It is noted that one of the reasons EOL format was the emergence of new ones, which can give more options and better sound quality at lower bitrates.


Samsung Galaxy S8 turned out to be much more powerful than iPhone 7

A smartphone with an Exynos 8895 chip scored more than 7000 points in the Geekbench test.

The results of testing the flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S8 with the Exynos 8895 chip on the benchmark Geekbench were announced. The gadget scored 7101 points in a multicore test, overtaking the iPhone 7, which in a similar test scored 6083 points.

At the same time, in the single-core test iPhone still leads – it showed 3512 points, while the Korean flagship scored only 2121 points.

It is known that the smartphone was tested with 4 GB of RAM, running Android 7.0 Nougat

As for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 with the Snapdragon 835 chip, its results turned out to be much worse: it showed a result of 6084 points in multi-core testing, and 1929 points in the single-core test.


NASA: Titan is the most suitable planet for colonization

For many years, the planets, where earthlings could continue their civilization, were the Moon and Mars.

Among the specialists of NASA, dealing with the problem of space colonization, a division into “Martian” and “Titanic” arose. The latter are trying to prove that Titan (the satellite of Saturn) is the most suitable heavenly body for the earth-colonists. “Titanic” demands to direct the financial and intellectual capabilities of the National Aerospace Agency of the United States for the arrangement of the first cosmopolitan settlement on Titan.