How ordering apps are changing the face of gastronomy
It’s raining, it’s almost lunchtime and 30-year-old Neelam Babul is craving a warm cup of coffee, hot samosas and a pizza from Pizza Hut. Years ago, she made do; today, she can order all of that through her phone. Within 30-40 minutes, the busy lawyer will get whatever she was craving for at her office’s doorstep – she’ll be warm and satisfied and not a single dish to wash thereafter.Besides the rains and busy schedule, Neelam, a self-confessed foodie also agrees that quality time at home also matters to her – and that means trying out a new place to order from after a long day at work. “The e...
In the shadow of TikTok, China's apps quietly hoover up downloads
While SHEIN has its origins in China it is one of the biggest shopping apps in the United States, SHAREit has been banned in India despite being massively popular elsewhere, and Likee is chasing TikTok -- but desperate to avoid a similar fate.China's app makers are having to be agile in a world where key markets have turned hostile to their country's tech.They are either going under the radar in territories where the war over privacy, security and geopolitics rages -- or are moving to friendlier markets to win millions of downloads.Experts say that could signal an unstoppable rise for China's ...
App happy: 33 billion mobile apps downloaded this summer
Some 33 billion mobile applications were downloaded worldwide in Q3 2020, according to the app analytics and market data platform, App Annie. This volume was driven by a 10% increase in downloads from Google Play (Android) and a 20% increase from the App Store (iOS). This is largely explained by new user needs resulting from the covid-19 pandemic (isolation, homeworking, etc.).Between the countries still under lockdown and those fearing a second wave, users the world are downloading and using an increasing number of mobile applications. According to App Annie, applications relating to communic...
Should you uninstall your social media apps and switch to 'wrappers'?
(dpa) — Regardless of whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or other social networks, you don't have to install their app to use them on your smartphone.Instead you can use so-called wrapper apps, which are available for both Android and iOS devices.“In principle, wrapper apps are nothing more than apps that convert and display the browser version of a social network for the smartphone,” explains app specialist Inga Poeting.In contrast to other websites, social networks usually don't optimise their browser versions for smartphone use, Poeting says. Instead they offer their own app...
Google clamps down on apps dodging Play Store 30% cut
SAN FRANCISCO: Google said Monday it plans to start enforcing a rule requiring Android apps in its Play store to use its payment system, which takes a 30% cut of transactions.“We have clarified the language in our Payments Policy to be more explicit that all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” product management vice president Sameer Samat said in a blog post.People with smartphones or tablets powered by Google-backed Android software are free to get apps from online venues other than the Play Store run by the internet giant.Google ...
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JD.com to work with PBOC on digital yuan: report
E-commerce giant JD.com is partnering with the People’s Bank of China Digital Currency Research Institute to build mobile apps that can support China’s digital yuan, local media reported.Why it matters: JD is not the first company reported to be working with the central bank on the digital currency, but this deal has been described in more specific terms. The news also confirms that blockchain technology will be used in dissemination of the currency.Direct support for the digital currency could offer JD an alternative to dominant payments apps Wechat and Alipay.Details: JD.com has entered a “s...
The apps that helped keep Saudis safe from COVID-19
JEDDAH: As part of its efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Saudi Arabia has launched a set of different applications and improved some existing ones to provide various health care services to its residents.During the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit that took place earlier in August, Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said that pandemic preparedness and digital health have been key priorities for the Kingdom and that technology has been the primary weapon in the battle against COVID-19. He said that Saudi Arabia had “capitalized on many of [its] existi...
URGENT: U.S. bans Chinese apps WeChat, TikTok transactions from Sun.
The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that it will prohibit transactions relating to major Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok starting Sunday, citing national security concerns."We have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations," the department said.
Who gets to use messaging apps in Iran?
Iranian lawmakers have proposed banning all foreign-owned social messaging apps and replacing them with domestic versions run by the regime.Dozens of lawmakers have signed the August 24 proposal to create a committee to license and monitor domestic social networking sites and impose punishments of up to two years in prison for violating the new rules, Radio Farda reports.But as Iran’s regime moves to further restrict everyday Iranians’ access to the internet, many senior regime officials still freely use U.S.-based social media technologies to spout propaganda.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamene...
US tech giants ‘bask in’ Trump govt’s crushing Chinese apps
Illustration: Tang Tengfei/GTWith a sweeping government ban on Chinese apps, India has presented a "rosy market" for US firms who had lost advantage to compete with Chinese firms in that market. Right after Chinese short-video platform TikTok being banned by New Delhi, YouTube rolled out its TikTok-like app, ready to take over the market share.The new-born US app named YouTube Shorts is set to roll out in India market first, before expanding to other countries, CNBC reported.And in August, Facebook's Instagram also launched a similar app named Reels against the backdrop of the market leader Ti...