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Apple Publishes The Top 10 Reasons It Rejects Apps

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Whether you’ve ever built an iOS app or not, you’ve probably heard tales of how frustrating it can be to get Apple’s stamp of approval.

But why does Apple reject apps? What are the big mistakes that most developers make?

In the first release of what looks to be something Apple intends to update regularly, the company has published a running Top 10 list of the most common reasons apps get rejected.

Here’s the list as published when the page first launched:

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Alas, two of the biggest “reasons” seem like fuzzy catch-alls: number one is “More information needed.” Maybe your app’s description is weak. Maybe you forgot to include a link for a support page. Whatever the case, Apple expects some information that you didn’t provide.

Number 3, “Did not comply with terms in the Developer Program License Agreement,” is equally broad.

The other eight, though, are pretty specific. The biggest, specificly-defined issue? Bugs.

At the time of publishing, the top 10 reasons account for nearly 60 percent of app rejections.

[Via CultOfMac; photo via Sean M. on Flickr, used under CreativeCommons]

Source: Tech Crunch

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8 Best Practices for Tightening Internal Data Security

Tech AnnouncementJust how safe is your company data? According to the IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index, U.S. businesses experienced over 1.5 million monitored cyber attacks in 2013 alone. Sensitive information regarding your internal operations, your customers and your employees is at risk if your organization does not take proper measures to secure its data. Take a look at these eight crucial security reminders for business leaders to keep in mind.

1. Password Character Requirements. There’s a reason why so many web-based consumer services require complex passwords. Unauthorized users are less likely to guess passwords when employees use a blend of phrases, upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. Work with your IT department to configure the password requirements for your employees.

2. Password rotation. Passwords that go stagnant are a liability for companies. For example, former employees might still be able to gain access to confidential information after they leave the company, if teams use the same outdated group email. Schedule password rotations every few months so that every user must update accounts with new passwords.

3. Session time out. This setting prevents a user’s account from remaining signed into a system after a certain period of time. For example, if a cashier leaves their point of sale terminal, their session should automatically expire after a delay so that no unauthorized users can attempt to operate the point of sale.

4. No outside hardware. No employee should be allowed to use external hardware in the office, such as storage devices or other peripherals, unless cleared by your company’s IT department. External devices can contain spyware or viruses that pose a significant risk to your computers and network. Additionally, this restriction reduces the risk of employees stealing internal data.

5. Installation restrictions. Employees should not be able to install unauthorized software on work computers or mobile devices, since unchecked installations can lead to malware infections. For example, a graphic designer might decide to download a freeware utility to complete a project. While they are well intentioned, this employee might accidentally install a trojan on their work computer.

6. Managed mobile devices. Mobile device management (MDM) software allows you to enroll in-house and BYOD technology in a system that deploys security configuration settings, company data and content over the air. This is an excellent way to enforce remote security restrictions, such as password updates or app restrictions. Once an employee leaves a company, company-related data can be quickly wiped from their device remotely.

7. Backup encryption. Copies of your company data can also be a weak point, if unauthorized users are able to view and edit these files. Work with your IT department to create redundant and encrypted backups of your business-critical data.

8. Remote wipe. Mobile device solutions like Android Device Manager and iCloud allow you to remotely wipe device data if your smartphone or tablet is lost or stolen. This will quell your fears about confidential data leaks, in case you forget your phone at a restaurant. Many of these remote security systems also help you track and lock your devices, so that you can attempt to recover your technology before erasing it.

Anyone  from the newest intern to C-level executives can become a target of digital crime. Train your employees to observe data security best practices. Taking proactive measures will help your business stay ahead of threats.

LinkedIn Plans To Have A New Billion Dollar Business In Three Years

photo_1407998185_temp.jpg.pagespeed.ce.QlNSdNz1uXLinkedIn plans to break into the $50 billion business-to-business marketing space and turn its products into a $1 billion business by 2017, according to internal documents sent to Business Insider.

In July, LinkedIn revealed plans to acquire a business marketing company called Bizo for about $175 million, moving it a step closer towards its goal of becoming “the most effective online platform for marketers to engage with professionals.”

Last quarter, LinkedIn reeled in $106 million in revenue from its marketing products, which was up 44% year-over-year. Now, though, the company wants to expand beyond its current media and content marketing products to build a B2B marketing platform using its own, and Bizo’s, tools.

“Our long-term ambition is to build an integrated marketing and sales platform that provides a simple and effective way to reach audiences, nurture prospects, and acquire customers,” the document says.

Shannon Stubo Brayton, LinkedIn’s VP of corporate communications, declined to comment on the document.

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Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly

Tech AnnouncementSAN FRANCISCO: Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company’s latest commitment to protect factory workers who build its trendy devices.

The decision announced Wednesday comes five months after the activist groups China Labor Watch and Green America launched a petition drive calling on Apple Inc. to abandon the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones.

Apple says a four-month investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that benzene and n-hexane was endangering the roughly 500,000 people who work at the plants.

The Cupertino, California company nevertheless decided the substances should no longer be allowed during the final assembly process.

Benzene can cause leukemia and n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage

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