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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. Headlines this week include… Germany’s antitrust watchdog latest to probe Apple’s app privacy framework, Meta ups parental controls on VR platform, Instagram, 15 Exciting ‘Side Effects’ Of The Mobile Payment Movement and much more…

Germany’s antitrust watchdog latest to probe Apple’s app privacy framework

Tech Crunch 

A major privacy feature Apple launched last year, called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) — which requires third-party apps to request permission from iOS users to track their digital activity for ad targeting — is facing another antitrust probe in Europe: Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has just announced it’s investigating the framework over concerns that Apple could be breaching competition rules by self-preferencing or creating unfair barriers for other companies.

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Meta ups parental controls on VR platform, Instagram

Mobile world Live

Meta Platforms expanded measures to protect teenagers using its Oculus VR headsets and picture sharing app Instagram, the latest attempt by the company to position its services as safe for the over 13s.

In a statement, the Facebook parent and metaverse advocate highlighted various tools it believes will improve parental supervision of their child’s activities in the VR world and help manage time spent on its platforms.

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How Brands Will Harness IoT and Mobile Apps to Create More Connected User Experiences in 2022

Retail Touchpoints

Internet of Things (IoT) technology and devices have been changing the nature of user experience for some time, as consumers gradually adopt mobile app-controlled technology like smart lighting, connected thermostats, home security systems and doorbell alerts. We expect to see that trend accelerate through 2022 and perhaps even pick up more speed in the latter half of 2023, in ways that give consumers and business users more options for connected experiences that continue to narrow the gap between the physical and digital worlds.

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15 Exciting ‘Side Effects’ Of The Mobile Payment Movement

Forbes

Contactless payment options have seen a boost in recent years. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, touchless payment methods were the best way to avoid the spread of germs and solidified the increase in popularity.

From advancements in technology to industry breakthroughs, there are some exciting current “side effects” of mobile payments among consumers. Below, 15 members of Forbes Finance Council members explain some of the trends that are gaining momentum as a result of the contactless payment movement.

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Is Blockchain Tech Transforming Mobile App Development In 2022

Tech Digest

It’s hard to believe that blockchain technology is only a decade old. It has already transformed many industries in such a short time, and mobile app development is no exception. Many experts believe that blockchain will completely overhaul the mobile app development process by 2022. This blog post will explore how blockchain technology is changing the mobile app development landscape.

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Africa faces huge cybercrime threat as the pace of digitalisation increases

Verdict

African governments and corporations are facing the prospect of having to invest hugely in digital security, as cyberattacks are becoming a much greater threat to the region and its internet traffic is doubling every 18 months.

By the end of 2020, 495 million people in sub-Saharan Africa subscribed to mobile services – representing 46% of the region’s population – an increase of almost 20 million on 2019, according to GSMA, a telecommunications association. By the same time, 303 million people in the region were connected to the mobile internet.

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VersusGame raises $25M for mobile gaming platform

Venturebeat

VersusGame announced it has raised $25 million in a new fundraising round. It plans to use the funding to develop its platform and staff as well as augment its partnership efforts.

Investors in the round include Apex Capital, Brightstone Capital Partners, Feld Ventures, Gaingles, Kombo Ventures, Lifeline Ventures, Moonshots Capital, NewView Capital, Plus Eight Equity Partners, Republic Capital, and TribeJoint Amenti. Other investors include David Dobrik and fashion retailer Revolve.

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China cyberspace watchdog revises rules governing mobile apps

Marketing Interactive

The Cyberspace Administration of China has revised rules governing mobile apps and their distributing platforms, which will take effect from 1 August 2022.   According to the statement on its website, the regulations established by the authority prohibit mobile app providers and distribution platforms to use apps to conduct activities that endanger national security, disrupt social order, and infringe on the legitimate rights and interests of others. Apps with functions that could possibly influence public opinion will need to seek security inspection.

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Humanizing Digital Transformation: Don’t Forget The People

Forbes

“Digital Transformation” is one of the buzzwords of 2022, but it has also been one of the least successful strategies of the past few years. The idea of moving to more innovative, digital approaches to a business would seem like a natural move in our digital age, especially after the pandemic. Yet the evidence suggests that it has been a dismal failure. Look no further than a report noting that digital transformation across tech-oriented industries was less than 30% successful. In more traditional industries, such as automotive and pharmaceuticals, success was only between 4% and 11%.

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