Did Apple Just Ban Location-Based Ads in iPhone Apps?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#Apple#mobile#web center_img Apple has posted a shocking, if vague, warning to iPhone app creators in its developer forums: submit an app that uses user location data “primarily” for targeting advertisements and that app will be sent right back to you to be changed.Many mobile developers are planning on monetizing their apps precisely through location-based advertising. There’s no clear criteria for how much advertising is too much, and perhaps Apple will exercise discretion in recognizing advertisements as merely supplemental to other features in many apps, but the language used by the company is wholly disconcerting and is another great example of the perils of developing on a closed platform like the iPhone. This is crazy.The notification went up yesterday in the Apple Developer forum and was written about hours ago by the blog MacNN.If you build your application with features based on a user’s location, make sure these features provide beneficial information. If your app uses location-based information primarily to enable mobile advertisers to deliver targeted ads based on a user’s location, your app will be returned to you by the App Store Review Team for modification before it can be posted to the App Store.Some people immediately accused Apple of implementing this policy so that it alone could use location-based advertisements on the platform. But what’s with this language about how location can only be used to “provide beneficial information?” Who makes this decision and where on earth does Apple get off making a policy like this? The company says earlier that location may be used to tell phone owners about “nearby restaurants, ATMs, and other location-based information.” What if the restaurants serve unhealthy food, though? What are you going to spend that ATM cash on if this iPhone app helps you find it? How does Apple determine that advertisements, particularly ones for things you could buy in the place where you are, are not beneficial?What this means for location based social networking, Augmented Reality, mobile eCommerce and other types of applications is unclear. Apple is going to have to do something about this. Location-based advertising has been expected to make economically feasible a universe of new mobile applications. The prospect of Apple taking an anti-advertising stance in selecting which iPhone apps to allow into the App Store is pure insanity.I’ve used a number of apps in the past few days that are great apps, but ask for my location so they can serve me up locally-based ads from the recently Google-acquired AdMob ad network and that was just fine by me. Show me ads for businesses in my town, please! Why can’t even apps without other location-based features not be monetized by local ads? This seems totally unfair.Above: One extreme example of location used to deliver ads on an iPhone. Back to the depths of Hell, iButterfly! The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball works out for Lakers, would love to be no. 2 pick

first_imgNBA Prospect Lonzo Ball speaks with the media after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on June 7, 2017 in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — With the ball in his hands on the Los Angeles Lakers’ home court, Lonzo Ball was exactly where he always wanted to be.Ball’s new Lakers workout gear was soaked with sweat after he went through his individual pre-draft workout Wednesday for Magic Johnson and coach Luke Walton at their training complex. The tantalizing UCLA product left no doubt that he hopes his favorite team chooses him with the second overall pick.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course,” Ball said. “I want to stay home.”The Lakers have roughly two weeks to decide whether to hitch their franchise rebuilding effort to the 6-foot-6 point guard – and by extension to his outspoken father, LaVar, who didn’t attend the workout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter enduring the worst four-year stretch in franchise history, the Lakers hope to rebound next fall with their new draft choice alongside fellow No. 2 picks D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. Lonzo Ball is generally considered the front-runner to become the Lakers’ new catalyst, with some analysts even believing he surpasses Markelle Fultz and the rest of the draft pool as the prospect with the greatest potential for superstardom.Ball doesn’t shy from the responsibility that would come with his selection, either: He plans to be a leader for his NBA team from his first day on the roster. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cavaliers need greater than greatest rally now What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “Magic Johnson is one of the greatest players ever to play,” Ball said. “And I love the way Coach (Walton) wants to coach us, and then Rob is a great dude, too. So just meeting all them, it was a great blessing.”Ball didn’t say whether he will work out for other teams, claiming he’ll leave it up to his agent. But his visit with the Lakers was his first individual workout, and LaVar has openly voiced his desire for his son to end up with the hometown team for many months.After growing up 50 miles away in Chino Hills, Ball spent the last year 20 minutes north of the Lakers’ El Segundo training complex in Westwood, where he led the Bruins’ transformation from a regular underachiever into a 31-win team.Ball is an aggressive, creative playmaker who also had one of the most accurate shots in NCAA history last season, albeit with an unorthodox shooting motion that will never be found in a textbook. Ball said he did “a lot of shooting” in his workout with the Lakers, who undoubtedly wanted a look at that release.Ball’s detractors question his defensive acumen and his ability to adapt his unusual shot to the pro game, but few doubt his status as an elite facilitator who could thrive in Walton’s up-tempo, Golden State-inspired offense.Yet the Lakers already have the 6-foot-5 Russell, who has shown flashes of brilliance as the point guard on two bad teams. Walton and the Lakers clearly believe Ball and Russell could share the same backcourt profitably.Although Ball must wait a bit longer to find out whether his childhood dream will come true, he seemed quietly optimistic about the opportunity after his chance to impress Johnson and Walton in person.“They said they want me to come in – if I get picked – come in and be a leader and play with a lot of pace,” Ball said. “So the stuff they were saying was very positive, and it kind of fits my game.” MOST READ “They have a lot of good players,” Ball said. “Obviously they need a leader, a point guard, and I feel like I can bring that to the team.”But every NBA team with a top draft pick is clearly weighing Ball’s talent against the potential perils of choosing a somewhat unorthodox 19-year-old with a heavily involved parent currently trying to sell $495 basketball shoes online. Lonzo didn’t wear Big Baller Brand’s ZO2: Prime shoes for his Lakers workout.Any potential concerns felt by the Lakers haven’t filtered through to Ball, who was still excited about his getting-to-know-you dinner in Venice on Tuesday with the Lakers’ top brass, including Magic and general manager Rob Pelinka.“I got positive vibes,” Ball said. “I had a lot of fun. It was great meeting everybody here, and they were very welcoming.”He was particularly thrilled to meet Johnson, the Hall of Famer now directing the Lakers’ rebuild as their president of basketball operations. The 6-foot-9 former point guard provided the template for Ball’s approach to hoops through LaVar, an ardent Magic fan.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Maersk Line to Launch New AsiaUSWC Service

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Maersk Line plans to set up a new service between Asia and the United States West Coast, the TP1 service, effective September 15, 2016. As part of the service, six vessels with a capacity of 4,000 TEU would be deployed per week.The TP1 service will be part of the 2M alliance’s network of services.The TP1 Eastbound service will cover Yantian, Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Los Angeles/Long Beach (US), while the port rotation of the TP1 Westbound service will be Los Angeles/Long Beach, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan.“We are responding to increased demand in the Transpacific. With supply chains disrupted, many customers are approaching us for transport solutions for their cargo. The TP1 service is a stable, long term solution to meet our customers’ needs,” Klaus Rud Sejling, Head of Maersk Line’s East-West Network, said.last_img read more

A look at the victims of the Humboldt team bus crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Fifteen people were killed and 14 others injured in a horrific crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Here is what we know so far about those who died:———Tyler Bieber:Bieber, 29, worked for Humboldt radio station CHBO and often travelled with the team as its play-by-play radio announcer.Steven Wilson, a co-worker in Weyburn, Sask., said it was Bieber’s first season announcing for the team. He also covered morning news.“He definitely had a natural talent,” said Wilson. “He was just passionate about sports.”Wilson said he filled in a few times for Bieber because he was also busy coaching the Humboldt high school’s basketball and football teams.“Having been with Golden West since the launch of Bolt FM in news and on-air, Tyler was a shining example of what it means to serve a community,” Lyndon Frieson, president of Golden West Radio, said in a statement posted on the station’s website.———Logan Boulet:The 21-year-old defenceman was from Lethbridge, Alta.He was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.“Logan had made it known, and very clear to his family, that he had signed his organ donor card when he turned 21 just a few weeks ago,” Boulet’s godfather, Neil Langevin, posted in a statement on Facebook on behalf of the family.“Logan’s strong heart continues to beat,” he said. “All counted, six people will receive the gift of life from Logan. … His other organs will be donated to science as he requested.“These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life.”———Mark Cross:The assistant coach was from Strasbourg, Sask., where he was named most valuable player last year while playing with the Maroons in the Highway Hockey League.“I can honestly say I didn’t know a more kind-hearted, generous, caring and overall nice person,” cousin Graeme Cross said in an online tribute.“Mark was one of those people that just made you feel safe and brought a special spark when you were in his presence.”Assistant coach Chris Beaudry said Cross, 27, joined the Broncos’ staff last year and was one of the happiest people he’s ever met.“His first game, we found a tin of mints and ever since then it’s been alternating back and forth, buying mints for each other and sharing it as a joke. We’d end up going through a whole tin every game,” said Beaudry.“He was a beautiful guy to be around.”———Glen Doerksen:Doerksen, 59, is described by his employer, Charlie’s Charters, in a Facebook post as an “outstanding friend, husband, and father.”“In talking to him, he spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and now how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games,” the Kinistino Tigers wrote of Doersken, who drove their team to and from playoff games.Police say he’s from Carrot River, Sask.“We will never forget the smile on your face as we left Allan after winning the Championship and got you to give ‘two honks for the Cup.’ Tonight Glen, we give two honks for you. Rest easy, Sir.”———Darcy Haugan:The president of the Humboldt Broncos, Kevin Garinger, said Haugan was an incredible coach who often talked about his vision for the team.“The Humboldt Broncos were about — not building hockey players — but creating amazing young men. And that’s what we had in our organization, amazing young men,” said Garinger.“That was Darcy’s belief and through that they would ultimately become great hockey players too.”Before becoming a coach, the 42-year old played junior hockey in the league in the 1990s.Steven Wilson, a radio play-by-play announcer in Weyburn, Sask., called Haugan “the classiest guy” in the league who always had time to chat.He said the last time he saw Haugan, the coach was playing video games in his office with one of his two young sons.“He was very dedicated to his family and at the same time he was a hockey guy.”Wilson said Haugan’s wife, Christina George-Haugan, worked as the team’s office manager.“He will always be a great man in our hearts,” Haugan’s sister posted on Twitter under the name Debbie Jayne. “The tears just keep coming.”———Adam Herold:The youngest member of the team, Herold would have turned 17 this week.He was also a new member of the team. Up until a few weeks ago, Herold was captain of the Regina Pat Canadians, manager John Smith said. But when the Regina team’s season wrapped up, Herold was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round.“He was a wonderful young man. Never afraid to help his teammates. Always there for them. Good, typical Saskatchewan farm boy. Always load the bus, unload the bus, never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get work done,” Smith said.Smith said Herold is survived by his mom, dad and an older sister. He was from Montmartre, Sask.———Brody Hinz:The 18-year-old Hinz had recently started tallying the Broncos’ numbers for Humboldt radio station CHBO.“Brody had recently joined our Golden West family, mentored by Tyler and the Bolt FM team,” said company president Lyndon Frieson.“Tragedy has hit our community and it reaches into every corner of life in Humboldt.”Another company statement described Hinz as an intern still in high school.The night of the crash marked a double tragedy for the family. A relative said on Facebook that another family member lost a baby boy in Humboldt hospital shortly after he was born.———Logan Hunter:Hunter’s death was confirmed by his former team, the St. Albert Raiders in his Alberta hometown.The organization’s president, Kevin Porter, said he heard the news from Hunter’s mother.“He always had a smile on his face,” said Porter, who described Hunter as a “smart kid and a great hockey player” with a “great sense of humour.”He was an 18-year old forward with the Broncos.———Jacob Leicht:The 19-year-old, a forward with his hometown Broncos, is being remembered for his contagious laugh and bright smile.A family member posted on Facebook that her heart is broken.“Your laughter is so contagious and you had a smile that lit up any room,” Cassidy Tolley wrote in her public post.She says he wasn’t just family, but one of her favourite people and someone she could count on any time of day.Leicht was in his first season with the team.———Conner Lukan:Conner Lukan, 21, of Slave Lake played with the midget St. Albert Raiders and Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Broncos last year.The Raiders announced Lukan’s death on Twitter, along with three other alumni: Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter.“One of the best hockey players and an even greater guy off the ice,” Tyson Chizma wrote on Twitter.“I’ve known Conner for several years, playing against him throughout the majority of my minor hockey career and trying out for a handful of teams with him. I always looked up to him as a role model.”———Jaxon Joseph:The Edmonton native’s death was confirmed by the Surrey Eagles, his former team in the British Columbia Hockey League.The Broncos website says Joseph, 20, was among the leading scorers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs, playing on a line with Logan Schatz, another player who lost his life in the crash.In a profile published on the team’s website in January, Schatz paid tribute to Joseph and fellow linemate Conner Lukan.“I’ve really clicked with Joseph and Lukan. I can’t say enough good things about them,” Schatz said.———Logan Schatz:The team captain had played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past 2 1/2 years, his father Kelly Schatz said.The native of Allan, Sask., played centre and was named the league’s player of the month in February after earning points in eight of nine games. He was 20 years old.Kelly Schatz said his family is seeking solace in one another.“It’s hard,” he said. “I’ve got four other kids and they’re here, which is nice.”———Evan Thomas:Thomas, from Saskatoon, was the “kind of kid any dad would be proud to call his” own, said his father, Scott.“He was a self-driven, motivated, retrospective, quiet, confident and very self-assured young man.”It was the 18-year-old’s first season as a forward with the Humboldt Broncos.His dad says he was an athlete, playing both hockey and baseball, and a strong student.“He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate,” said Thomas in an interview. “He just loved being a teammate. He loved his teammates and I think that was more important to him than the actual sport he was playing.“He loved those boys. He really loved those boys.”———Parker Tobin:Tobin, 18, of Stony Plain, Alta., was the last of the deceased to be identified.This was the goalie’s first season with the Broncos after being traded from the Spruce Grove Saints. Before that, he was with the Drayton Valley Thunder.“Parker was a fine young man who loved hockey and played with passion,” the Thunder posted on its website. “He was a team player, a stand-up guy and an inspiration to his team mates.”“Heaven got its newest goalie,” friend Kael Maltais wrote on Twitter.“Had the honour to meet Parker reffing him up the years in Stony Plain. No matter if he was the backup or in the cage, I would always joke around with him. He was such a nice kid.”The Stony Plain Flyers said Tobin also spent two years as their game announcer.“May you never be forgotten,” the team said in an online post.———Stephen Wack:The towering 21-year-old defenceman from St. Albert, Alta., had played with the Broncos for two seasons.Alicia Wack said her cousin made the best gingerbread houses and “absolutely lived and breathed hockey.”“Stephen has always been an amazing person, son, big brother, and cousin. He is one of the most adventurous, ambitious, and loving people that I have ever been blessed to know,” she said in a Facebook post.———Information compiled by CP reporters Adam Burns, Nicole Thompson, Michelle McQuigge, Morgan Lowrie, Chris Purdy and Colette Derworiz.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously attributed a statement about Logan Boulet’s organ donation to his cousin Julie Kindt.last_img read more

Jillian Michaels Leads March For Babies

first_imgCelebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels, World Champion swimmer Alison Schmitt, All-American Football Star Tevin Coleman, and others are teaming up with half a million volunteers for March for Babies to help fight premature birth.The goal for this year’s event is to raise $100 million for research, education and services to help moms have healthy, full-term babies.“Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under age five worldwide. Babies who survive a premature birth may face lifelong health and learning problems,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Thanks to our walkers and celebrity ambassadors, more premature babies and their families will receive the care they need, and we will continue to fund research into the causes of preterm birth and other problems that affect the health of babies.”The Los Angeles March for Babies will be led by celebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels. A designer for her own fitness wear line, Impact by Jillian Michaels at Kmart, she has designed a signature t-shirt for this year’s March for Babies to help generate fundraising and awareness. Kmart is the number one corporate sponsor for the event, having raised over $125 million over the past 30-plus years.“As a mom, I’m proud to team with Kmart in support of March of Dimes because their work has made such incredible strides in its mission for healthy babies,” said Jillian Michaels, celebrity fitness icon and Kmart ambassador. “I know first-hand the transformative impact people can achieve when they dedicate themselves toward a goal – and that’s what giving to March of Dimes is all about. Together with Kmart, I’m excited to drive more awareness of this great cause and help more babies get a healthy start in life.”Athletes with a personal connection to premature birth are also stepping up to support March for Babies throughout the country. In Chicago, former Indiana All-American running back Tevin Coleman will step out in his hometown at the downtown Lakefront March for Babies on Sunday, April 26th. Coleman, projected to be a top running back pick in this year’s NFL draft, was born 10 weeks early weighing only 3 ½ pounds. Doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of survival. He now serves and an inspiration to others to help fight premature birth.In Baltimore – Allison Schmitt, who has amassed 14 swimming medals in major international competition throughout her career, will help lead the opening ceremonies of March for Babies on Saturday, May 9th at Camden Yards. Schmitt was also born prematurely and is sharing her own story so more babies will be born full-term and healthy.In Mt Airy, North Carolina – Houston Texans Offensive Tackle Tyson Clabo is leading the walk with his family team on Saturday, May 9 in on honor of his son, Cameron Michael Clabo, born at 34 weeks weighing four pounds, two ounces. Baby Cameron spent 40 days in the hospital including twenty days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on feeding tubes, as he was too weak to eat on his own. “We prayed daily for the strength and knowledge of our doctors and nurses,” said Tyson Clabo’s wife, Kendra. “We are so grateful for the support of March of Dimes.”Also supporting this year’s March for Babies is John Colaneri of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins and America’s Most Desperate Kitchens who will walk in his home state at Darlington Park in Mahwah, New Jersey on Sunday, April 26. Colaneri and his wife Jennifer welcomed their first child Lilyan Belle in December 2014.Thalia, Melissa Joan Hart, Dr. Travis Stork, Gabrielle Reece, Elisa Donovan and musicians Sara Evans and Howie Dorough, and several other celebrity volunteers have also joined in to encourage fans and followers to sign up and support March for Babies and March Of Dimes mission via social media.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Anyone can join the March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.last_img read more

Google still under fire over EU antitrust violations

EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager in June slapped Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro (more than $2.7 billion) penalty for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results.This was one of a series of dust-ups between Brussels and Google over alleged monopolistic practices, with Vestager still expected to decide a case involving the company’s Android mobile phone operating system.To avoid further penalities, Google formally offered its solution in September, proposing among other fixes to run the contested shopping service as a standalone business.”Google’s current remedy proposal has been in operation for more than four months, and the harm to competition, consumers and innovation … has continued unabated,” wrote a long list of complainants against Google in a letter to Vestager.”We respectfully urge the Commission to reject Google’s current remedy proposal,” it added.The fine in June came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that lost 90 percent of traffic against Google Shopping, according to the European Commission.Solicited by AFP, the Commission said it will “listen to what those most directly affected by the practices in question have to say.”It added that it was “monitoring closely and actively (though) it would be premature at this stage for the Commission to take any definite positions on Google’s plans.”Brussels had accused Google of giving its own service too much priority in search results to the detriment of other price comparison services.The remedy by Google invited other comparison services to auction for display space on Google search results. The firm also separated its Google Shopping unit from the main company so that it participates like any other company in the auction for display space.Google is also appealing the fine at EU court. Rivals to Google urged the EU on Wednesday to keep up its fight against the search engine giant, saying proposals by the firm to avoid more EU mega-fines fell short. Citation: Google still under fire over EU anti-trust violations (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-google-eu-anti-trust-violations.html Google’s rivals say the actions taken by the US tech giant haven’t improved competition in shopping search results. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Google to create ‘separate’ shopping unit to avoid EU fines Explore further read more