Industry News 06/09/18

06 September 2018

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Each week at Rokk we will be looking at the news stories from the world of software and app development in the digital marketplace. From technology developments to new market insights and trends; you can find the news in brief here.

iOS 12 will be released in September, however, a public beta version is now available

It’s official, iOS 12 will officially come to iPhones and iPads on the 12th of September. In total there will be three release dates: one for developers, one for public beta tester and the final version available for the general public. The next major update is rumoured to be all about improvements in quality and performance – smoothing out bugs and glitches. According to Apple, iOS 12 will run on an extensive list of iPhones and iPads and will support any iOS device launched since 2013. The software has been optimised with Apple’s chip team and as a result apps should launch up to 40 per cent faster. There are also improvements to Measure app, Siri Shortcuts, Apple News, Apple Photos, Voice Memos and Apple Books. Notifications will feature the new “do not disturb during bedtime” feature, giving users more control. Apple CarPlay is also getting third party navigation support in the form of Google Maps and Waze and the new iOS Sceentime feature shows users how much they use their phone, how long they are using each app for and when, how often they unlock their phone and to set an allowance if you have children. There is also an update to Animoji, called Memoji which lets you select your own skin colour and hair etc. Unfortunately, group Facetime has been delayed and is expected to launch in iOS 12.1 in October.

A new study by Comparex has found that nearly half of councils in the UK are using end-of-life (EOL) server software

The study, which used data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act found that 46 per cent of councils are using Windows Server 2000, Windows 2003 or Microsoft SQL Server 2005. All three products are now out of their Extended Support period and are not being provided with security updates, fixes for bugs or patches. The outdated software means that companies are running the gauntlet of potential vulnerabilities which could bring down the entire council infrastructure. As late as 2016 Comparex found that 70 per cent of London borough councils were running unsupported server software. With GDPR now in force, councils need to look establishing an upgrade strategy in order to protect the large swathes of consumer data that they have on file. Windows server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 reaches EOL in the two years and with 94 per cent of survey responders using it, this is of great concern. Windows 7 also reaches EOL in 2020 which will mean that nearly half of Windows machines will become vulnerable and so far there has been no pre-planning to prevent this potential time bomb.

YouTube app adds digital wellbeing feature

According to YouTube the new feature will help users to stop getting too addicted to streaming and social media. The app will calculate how long users are spending watching videos, giving them average of the time spent per day. The app will also send notification to users to “take a break” and will deliver silent notifications between 10pm and 8am as standard. These welfare measures fall-in line with changes made in Android P and will let users see how much time they spend in apps, as well as being able to set their phone screen to monochrome at a certain time as a bedtime reminder.

Developers affected by Apple’s crackdown on gambling Apps in iOS Store

Apple’s crackdown on gambling apps has seen some developers have their non-gambling related apps, such as GIFs, removed. The message received from Apple stated that it was removing gambling related apps to “reduce fraudulent activity and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity.” The affected developers believe they might have been targeted in the purge unnecessarily because their apps contain access to the wider internet, which potentially could allow users to click through to gambling content. Some non-gambling apps have now been restored.