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Cryptocurrency Mining Banned on iPhones and iPads
In a new move, Apple announced banning of cryptocurrency mining on iPhones and iPads.
WHY HAS CRYPTOCURRENCY MINNING BEEN BANNED BY APPLE?
Apple wants to protect iPhone and Mac battery from draining by prohibiting apps from mining cryptocurrency in the background. It isn’t the only platform that is facing the issue of shady apps hijacking users’ device power to mine cryptocurrency in the background. Last year a popular Chrome extension was drawn out as it was found mining Monero secretly.
To handle this problem company has added a new section in its guidelines named cryptocurrencies that applies to all the platforms – iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. The guidelines mention, “Apps, including any third-party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes such as cryptocurrency mining,”
Earlier, Apple’s rule mentioned that it was “unacceptable” for apps to allow, “monetizing built-in capabilities provided by the hardware or operating system” but there was no specific mention about cryptocurrency mining.
Plus, the developer guidelines mention, “currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks, etc.”
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES?
The new guidelines set out five rules:
- Apple will allow virtual wallet apps, if they are provided by developers registered as organizations.
- Apps that mine cryptocurrency externally will be allowed like cloud based mining.
- Apps from the exchanges can aid users to make payments, trade, or receive cryptocurrency on a permitted exchange.
- Apps that are legal and approved by financial institutions, banks, and firms will be allowed to involve into bitcoin futures trading, initial coin offerings and other cryptocurrency security trading.
- Cryptocurrency apps cannot offer virtual coins for tasks like downloading apps, or furthering social media.
HOW WILL THE NEW RULE CHANGE THINGS?
The new rule will radically change Apple’s cryptocurrency app scene as the initial coin offering, sending or receiving of cryptocurrency will be banned. Also, it will be exciting to see how many apps get removed from App Store for secretly mining cryptocurrencies.
The new rule applies to all apps found on App Store, but shady apps will be able to work on jailbroken iPhones as they are outside Apple’s security wall.
Facebook Announces a New Page Called “Memories”
In an attempt to further personalize user experience, Facebook introduces a new page, “Memories”.
WHAT IS THE NEW FEATURE ABOUT?
The so called new feature is a mere extension of the much familiar Facebook feature “On This Day.” Memories page lets users look at old memories from the past, posts shared with friends and family. Plus, it will let user control the content they want to view, as some memories may be bitter and may not be worth remembering.
Facebook will detect negative memories based on reaction and keywords and stop showing them in News Feeds.
The content found on this page will be divided into sections like:
Friends Made on this Day – Shows list of friends you made on this day in past and creates special videos, collages to celebrate Facebook friend’s anniversary.
Memories You May Have Missed –Will show missed posts from the previous week.
Recaps of Memories – Shows occasional or monthly recaps of memories bundled into a video or message.
HOW TO ACCESS THE NEW PAGE?
The new page will be available through Memories bookmark at the left of the News Feed section on the desktop. If using the mobile app, click on the More tab at the bottom right. You can also visit: Facebook.com/memories to check your memories.
WHAT FACEBOOK HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE FEATURE?
“We know that memories are deeply personal — and they’re not all positive”, Facebook product manager Oren Hod wrote in a blog post.
“We try to listen to feedback and design these features so that they’re thoughtful and offer people the right controls that are easy to access”.
“We work hard to ensure that we treat the content as part of each individual’s personal experience, and are thankful for the input people have shared with us over the past three years”, Hod added.