Apple pulls third-party SDKs from Shazam in latest update


Shazam on iPhone XS
The latest update is out now.
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Apple has pulled all but one third-party SDK from Shazam in its latest update.

The move wipes out analytics firms, ad networks, open-source projects, and more — including Google AdMob, Facebook Ads, Amazon Ads, and DoubleClick. Only HockeyApp, a Microsoft platform for beta testing, is still available.

Apple’s new acquisition will help it better market to customers


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Apple pounced on this startup like a, well, a DataTiger.
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Apple has reportedly snapped up U.K.-based digital marketing company DataTiger.

The company offers tools for optimizing companies’ “marketing flows for … customers in real-time across all channels.” This makes it possible to better target customers with relevant materials and advertisements.


Apple takes privacy seriously.
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Some popular iOS apps recorded users’ screens for analytics


iOS 11 iPad Pro
Report raises important privacy questions.
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Apple came down hard on Facebook when it was found to be behind an iOS app that was gathering large amounts of user data. But it’s not the only app to gather information about what users are up to, and to feed this back to developers.

According to a new report, apps including those for Air Canada, Abercrombie & Fitch, Expedia, Singapore Airlines,, and others utilized analytics software that employed “session replay” technology to reveal how users interact with the apps.

Get certified in Google Analytics in two days [Deals]


This condensed course will give you a certification in Google Analytics in as little as 2 days.
This condensed course will give you a certification in Google Analytics in as little as 2 days.
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Getting a gig that deals with data means working with Google Analytics. It’s a suite of tools that offers insights into engagement with ads, sites, apps, email, and more. So if you’re working with data, you’ll want to check out these Google Analytics lessons.

HomePod first-day sales topped all smart speakers (except Echo Dot)


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HomePod calls are coming.
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Apple’s new HomePod is one of the best-selling smart speakers ever, according to new sales data from The NPD Group.

Not only is the HomePod killing it, but Apple’s new AirPods and Beats headphones are dominating the market so well they reportedly account for 44 percent of all dollar sales for headphones in 2017.


iPhone 7 in hand
Some of your favorite old games might get booted from iOS.
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Apple begins testing iOS 9 ahead of a launch this fall


A new iOS 8 update is here.
iOS 9 is now in the oven. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

It will be many months before developers see Apple’s first iOS 9 beta, but the Cupertino company has already begun testing the update internally ahead of this fall’s release. The software has starting appearing in analytics data for a number of sites in recent months, including our own.