August 12, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak Epic Games’ decision to circumvent the Google Play Store with its upcoming release of Fortnite for Android is still polarizing the gaming industry as not even individual app insight companies appear to be able to reach an internal consensus on the matter. One such firm is Apptopia whose founder and COO Jonathan Kay and communications lead Adam Blacker already had a lot of back-and-forth over the surprising development, as the former recently revealed in a Medium article.“The move feels more like a PR stunt than an actual well thought out [sic] business decision,” argues Mr. Kay, pointing to Fortnite’s success on Apple’s proprietary iOS App Store as reason enough for Epic not to embrace risky distribution methods seeing how the company already has a winning formula on its hands, both in terms of player numbers and pure revenues. Apptopia’s COO is describing Epic’s move as arrogant and believes it … [Read more...] about Experts Divided On Fortnite’s Avoidance Of Google Play Store
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The media hysteria over today’s news that Epic Games will release Fortnite for Android outside of Google Play is a bit much. It’s really not that big of a deal. It’s certainly not worth proclaiming that malware will take over the world, that you’ll instead give your money to some other game, and that everyone’s Android phones will now forever be insecure. People will download and update Fortnite for Android from Epic and we’ll all be fine. The security concern The basic argument against this distribution method is that this is opening up everyone to installing bad apps and that once you allow your phone to install an app outside of Google Play, that you open your phone up to future bad happenings. That is partly true, yes. You also have to remember that Google is still protecting your Android phone should you install Fortnite for Android. In order to install Fortnite on Android when it’s released, you will have to download it to your phone and … [Read more...] about You’ll be Fine Downloading Fortnite for Android Outside of Google Play
Make of it what you will, but Apple is celebrating the World Emoji Day in its own style listing all of its head honchos as Memojis on its website. Apple has the right to be as goofy as it wants since everything it touches in mobile seems to be turning to gold. Recently, it doubled its efforts in the so-called "services" business, encompassing profit cuts from the App Store, subscription services as Apple Music or iCloud, and is pressing ahead with original content creation for its own video streaming service.The reason why Apple is so adamant about its software and services development is that revenue there is growing exponentially, surpassing the growth in any other department, including iPhones. Just in the last quarter analysts calculated that the section may have contributed no less than $5 billion to the company's operating profits, and the profit margins from software and services is said to be north of 50%, more than anything else Apple makes.Were it Apple to spin … [Read more...] about The App Store earns almost double the revenue of Google’s Play app shop
Tech giant Google was, until Friday, slated to host a major fundraising event for a group aiming to “help recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races” at its luxurious downtown Washington, DC, offices next week. The “Party for Something” event’s website lists no location, and states that it will be provided upon RSVP. Breitbart News learned, however, that that location was, as recently as Thursday, the 55,000 square foot office space that has served as a base for Google’s lobbying arm since 2013.The June 6 party, put on by a group called “Run for Something,” seeks to help build a “bench” of low-level elected left-wingers within the Democratic Party. It boasts a top-tier speakers’ list headed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Run for Something promises “a night of fun, games, drinks, and building the damn bench.” Donation … [Read more...] about Left Wing Candidate Recruitment Fundraiser Moved Out of Google’s D.C. Office
Video: Nearly a fifth of healthcare employees would sell patient data April 7 is World Health Day, and the occasion warrants a closer look at the way healthcare-related data is managed. The challenges are laid out in the World Health Organization's bulletin on policy implications of big data in the health sector: In the field of health-related big data, the public needs to be reassured that security measures are mandated and enforced. As new analytical models, data sources and stakeholders increasingly build into dynamic relationships, it may be helpful to think of health-related big data as an evolving ecosystem.There are several challenges to the future development of this data ecosystem. Even basic health data can be misused and lead to discrimination, especially of vulnerable populations. The fair distribution of any new benefits that may arise from the collection and analysis of big data may also pose hard challenges.Read also: Facebook's mea culpa tour, Cambridge Analytica and … [Read more...] about Healthcare’s $3 trillion question: Should the likes of Google and Facebook control this data?