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As of Tuesday, April 28, Facebook Messenger and Dark Sky are the most downloaded free and paid apps at the Apple App Store.

The top free app this week is once again Facebook Messenger. This standalone mobile program allows people with Facebook accounts to chat with one another.

Version 26.0 was released April 24 and made the app faster.

In second place this week is still the original Facebook social networking app.

Version 29.0 was released on April 24.

The No. 3 free app this week is Huanshi Ltd.’s 小偶 – 我的3D萌偶 (My Idol) – an entertainment app that lets you create pop idol avatars from selfies, dress them and share them with friends in cute videos of them singing, dancing and so on. The app is in Chinese but an English version is expected soon.

Version 1.5.4 was released April 22 to fix some bugs.

Rounding out the top five free apps this week are still Instagram and Snapchat.

On the paid this week, the most-downloaded app is Jackadam’s Dark Sky – Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts – a weather app which tells you if it will rain or snow.

Version 4.3.4 was released was released April 20 to tweak the Today widget and fix bugs with the Apple Watch. It costs $3.99

Mojang’s sandbox construction game Minecraft – Pocket Edition falls to sencond place this week. The game has both survival and creative modes and you can play with another person via Wi-Fi.

Version 0.10.4 was released Dec. 2 to fix bugs, improve graphics and graphics. The game costs $6.99.

Apalon Apps’ NOAA Radar Pro – Severe Weather Alerts and Forecast takes third place on the paid side this week. The app gives real-time weather radar images.

Version 3.3 was released April 23 to add Apple Watch support. It costs $3.99

Rounding out the top five are 3 Minute Games, LLC’s Lifeline ($2.99) and Etermax’s Trivia Crack ($2.99).

source:http://www.torontosun.com/2015/04/28/facebook-messenger-dark-sky-the-top-downloads

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Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

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Facebook paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone activity as part of an effort to glean more data that could help the social network’s competition efforts, according to a new report that may raise fresh privacy concerns.

An investigation by the online news site TechCrunch said the effort, which had been known as the Onavo Project and later rebaptized as Facebook Research, was used to gather data on usage habits.

The news could be a further embarrassment for Facebook, which has been under heightened scrutiny over failing to crack down on manipulation of its platform and for sharing private data with its business partners.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook said it shut down the application on Apple’s iOS on Wednesday after the article was published, but apparently kept it active for Android users.

The report said the initial Onavo app was shuttered for violating Apple’s privacy policy and that the newer version may also contravene Apple’s terms.

The program paid users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 a month for “root” access to their devices to track their location, app usage, spending habits and other activity.

According to a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook claimed there was nothing secret about the effort and that it obtained parental consent for teens where required.

Facebook did not immediately respond to further requests for comment.

The project may have allowed Facebook to scoop up more data about younger users as it fends off a challenge from rival services like Snapchat, which has become more popular than Facebook among US teens.

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Instagram is down for some users (FB)

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It’s not clear exactly how many people are affected, or what’s causing the outage. Business Insider has reached out to the Facebook-owned photo sharing app for more information.

The app’s news feed is refusing to refresh for some users, while the homepage on desktop won’t load.

Down Detector, a website that tracks outages of popular websites, reported a spike in users saying Instagram was down on Monday, with particular hotspots on both coasts of the United States and the UK.

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INSTAGRAM READY TO GIVE INFLUENCERS AND CELEBS SPECIALIZED TOOLS VIA CREATOR ACCOUNTS

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Instagram plans to offer high-profile influencers special tools that will provide them with a deeper insight into various data regarding their followers. These tools will be delivered in the form of Creator Accounts, which will only be available to select Instagram users (i.e. influencers, celebs).

An Instagram official recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the company wishes to make sure that “Instagram is the best place, and easiest place, to build fan communities and also build creators. personal brands.”

These creator accounts are meant to function like business-focused profiles and will offer growth insights, including information about follows and unfollows. Influencers will also be able to see weekly and daily data about their followers count changes so that they can better understand what might have caused a decline in their fan base or a spike in new followers.

Also, direct messaging tools that will enable Instagram users to filter notes from brand partners and friends will be available as well. Furthermore, influencers will be allowed to choose how they want to be contacted via flexible labels.

According to Instagram. these new features are being tested with a small beta group at the moment, but they are expected to be rolled out to everyone sometime in 2019.

 

 

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