Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of an investigation it launched in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal.
The suspended apps were associated with about 400 developers, it said. Facebook said not all the apps posed a threat to users. The company came under huge pressure in 2018 after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had accessed many users’ data without permission. The political consultancy firm is alleged to have used this data – harvested by a personality quiz – to target political advertising.
Facebook was fined $5bn in July by the US Federal Trade Commission, in what was believed to have been the biggest ever fine imposed on any company for violating consumers’ privacy.
Why is Facebook suspending apps?
The Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved the data of tens of millions of people, was hugely damaging for Facebook and the company has since faced lawsuits and international criticism.
It is now seeking to improve its privacy safeguards and its image.
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As part of that, in March last year Facebook launched an investigation into apps on its platform, involving hundreds of lawyers, data scientists and engineers.
“Our review helps us to better understand patterns of abuse in order to root out bad actors among developers,” the company’s vice-president for product partnerships, Ime Archibong, said in a statement on Friday.
What do we know about the apps?
Facebook has released little specific information on the tens of thousands of apps or hundreds of developers in question.
The statement said that the suspension of the apps was not necessarily an indication that they posed a threat to people.
“Many were not live but were still in their testing phase when we suspended them,” Mr Archibong said.
In some cases developers were subjected to in-depth questioning after being flagged.
Some apps were banned completely for reasons including inappropriately sharing data obtained from Facebook or making data publicly available without protecting people’s identity.
One banned app called myPersonality was found to be sharing information with researchers and companies with only limited protections in place, and then refused to take part in an audit, according to Facebook.
The app review is ongoing.
Google Bans 29 Beauty Camera Apps From Playstore (Read Why)
Google has banned 29 beauty camera apps after discovering that they redirect users to phishing websites, send them pornographic contents and steal their private pictures. Some of the apps also share malicious ads.
Google banned the apps from its Playstore after the problem was discovered. However, most of the apps have been downloaded over a million times especially in Asia with India standing out.
The full list of these 29 apps is as given below:
Pro Camera Beauty
Cartoon Art Photo
Artistic effect Filter
Selfie Camera Pro
Horizon Beauty Camera
Art Effects for Photo
Awesome Cartoon Art
Art Filter Photo
Magic Art Filter Photo Editor
Fill Art Photo Editor
Cartoon Art Photo
Prizma Photo Effect
Cartoon Art Photo Filter
Art Filter Photo Editor
Pixture, Art Effect
Photo Art Effect
Cartoon Photo Filter.
Cheapest Data Plans For Android, iOS and PC Users February 2019
You are going to need a lot of data this month this is why we have compiled the below for you as the cheapest data plan for February 2019.
MTN newly unveiled new cheap data plans which in my opinion is one of the cheapest just like Glo. You can get 1GB for N200 to last you for 7days, 4GB for N1000, to last you for 1 month or 250MB for N100 to last you for 3 days.
Dial *131*65# to subscribe and to check your balance, dial *131*4#.
MTN Double Data Offer
Some of you are still rocking the double data offer, while some just get only 25% extra data after subscription… but this is what you should do, if you have a special sim for surfing the net, you can get a new SIM where you’ll be entitled for free 4GB data on activation plus 6 months double data offer.
If you are a heavy internet user, this is what you should do. You can get 20GB for just N5000 depending on the package you wish to go for.
If Glo network is strong in your location, then Glo special data plan is what you should be using. It gives you N200 for 1.2GB to last you for 3 days, and N800 for 5GB to last you for 12days. You can repeat the process once your current plan expires.
It works on all devices, and works best on 4G devices.
Glo Heavy users Package:
If you are a heavy user and Glo network is strongest in your locations, then I’ll recommend you dive into the OgaSim bonus offer package.
Glo Ogasim gives you 125% bonus data whenever you recharge your line before your current plan expires. Guys are rocking it.
Take for instance, when you recharge with N1000, you get 4.8GB. N2500 gives you 14.4GB to last you for 30 days which you can always roll over.
How Can I Subscribe to Any of Glo Packages Above?
>>For Glo Special data Plan, dial *777# and Select 1
Select 1 again and chose 5 (Special data offer)
Press 2 for Glo Special Data and you are good to go
>For Glo OgaSim bonus Offer, dial *777# and choose your normal package, make sure you resubscribe before your existing package expires and you’ll get the OgaSim bonus offer.
To Check your balances on Glo network, go to hsi.glo.com
Note: Migrate to Yakata before you subscribe to any of the plans above to enjoy more ridiculous bonus offer by dialing *220#. Glo data consumes a lot of smartphone battery, so when not in use, turn off your data connection.
At the moment, you only enjoy 600% bonus on call time or double data bonus + 4G data bonus + Android data bonus if you are getting a new Airtel SIM for 3month.
For a new SIM you’ll get upto 8GB for N1000 Plus free N3500 to call any network or upto 17GB for N2000. For a while now, I get new Airtel SIM, change the IMEI of my old phone and boom… free 4GB will arrive.
But if you don’t want to pass through all those stress, just get a new Airtel SIM, the only difference is that you won’t get the free 4GB bonus but other bonus offers you’ll get.
Dial *141# to subscribe for any package you wish.
YouTubers Data Plan
If you are a Youtuber, then this plan is what you should go for:
Recharge N1000 and get 4.5GB data
(1.5GB android data + 3GB YouTube streaming)
Recharge N2000 and get 9.5GB data
(3.5GB android data + 6GB YouTube streaming)
Recharge N2500 and get 15GB data
(5GB android data + 10GB YouTube streaming)
Recharge N3500 and get 17 GB data
(7GB android data + 10 GB YouTube streaming)
Recharge N4000 and get 19GB data
(9GB android data + 10GB YouTube streaming)
Each of the data will last you for 30 days and the YouTube free data is only usable at night.
Dial *323# and follow the prompt to subscribe
9mobile has been on low-key lately since they are yet to resolve their issues with Teleology company. No new data plan, no new bonus offer and the only thing they do right now is to tweet motivational quotes on their handle.
Users of 9mobile are complaining of the throttling speed which has now becomes worst based on location.
Wow! Apple To Reduce Prices Of Products
Apple’s iPhone revenue has plunged in the December quarter, and the company is ready to make some changes.
According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple will reduce prices of the iPhone in markets where local currencies have weakened against the dollar.
“As we’ve gotten into January and assessed the macroeconomic condition in some of those markets, we’ve decided to go back to more commensurate with what our local prices were a year ago in hopes of helping the sales in those areas,” Cook told Reuters (via The Next Web).
“If you’ve never bought an iPhone outside of the U.S., you may not be aware of just how staggering the price difference is. I’ve been pointing it out over and over and over — it’s hard to justify spending $1,760 for a maxed-out iPhone XS (UK pricing at launch) when the exact same model costs $1,349 in the U.S. And it’s even harder in a country like Hungary, where the price is even higher and the average customer’s purchasing power is far lower than in the U.S.
Yes, a part of the price difference is in taxes, and yes, the U.S. pricing does not reflect local taxes, and yes, Apple has additional distribution costs in markets other than the U.S. But the simple truth is that iPhone prices are too high for many international buyers, and Apple definitely can do something about it. Now, we’ve simply reached the point where the company is willing to address the issue”.
In the same interview, Cook talked about the growth of its services business. There, revenue is up 19 percent year-over-year, and the company is poised to launch new services in 2019, including (probably) a video streaming service.
Cook noted that the services gross margin gets more efficient as services business gets larger, and the business gets larger when the company sells more iPhones, so reducing its price makes sense. But it’s worth noting that Cook sang a different tune in 2017, when the company launched the iPhone X, its first $1,000 phone.
In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how new iPhones are priced internationally come September. Unfortunately, Apple does not break down iPhone unit sales in earnings reports at all, let alone by market, so assessing the potential benefits from this new strategy will be hard.