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This Week in Apps: Apple bans party app, China loses 39K iOS games, TikTok births a ‘Ratatousical’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.
The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion total downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including Chinese third-party app stores, iOS and Android users in 2020 downloaded 130 billion apps and spent a record $112 billion. In 2019, people spent three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV.
Due to COVID-19, time spent in apps jumped 25% year-over-year on Android. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — …

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IoT Mobile App Development: Benefits, Challenges, and Impact

Can you close your eyes for a moment and think of when you didn’t connect your everyday objects such as kitchen appliances, thermostats, TV sets, and baby monitors to the internet through embedded devices? That’s hard.In this day and age, our physical world meets the digital world. Digital systems record, monitor, and adjust every interaction between connected physical items. Interestingly, by 2025, we will have more connected devices than Earth’s inhabitants of Earth. But wait, the phenomenon has a name. Known as the Internet of Things, IoT refers to an ecosystem comprising physical objects accessed through the …

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