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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.

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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.