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Cyber attacks on mobile devices rocket

The number of cyber attacks being faced by mobile phone users are increasing and there is growing demand for secure mobile apps as a result.

Digital security firm Avast says there’s been a big leap on attacks targeting Android tablets and smartphones in the second quarter of this year.

The firm says that attacks are up 40% compared to last year.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Mobile cyber security attacks are growing quickly as the hacker strategies become more dangerous and agile. The user’s personal privacy and data is at stake.”

The growth in mobile cyber attacks is now reaching 1.7 million incidents every month and the number of viruses have also increased by 22% over the year to 788.

The top three mobile threats facing users are designed to steal personal information, spy on users and also to spam mobile users with ads.

UK consumers looking to ditch cash

Growing consumer confidence in mobile apps, including digital wallets, means shoppers are increasingly less likely to use cash for purchases.

In a report from Paysafe, a payment provider, 55% of shoppers in the UK said they will stop using cash in the next two years.

Already, 34% of Brits are visiting a cash machine once a month or less and one in six of the respondents say they rarely carry money at all.

The findings reveal that 24% of people have already adopted mobile wallets, while 12% have adopted crypto currencies for making payments.

However, 29% of people said they worried that their mobile phone could be stolen and a thief could use it to pay for items; despite these worries, 63% said they are growing increasingly confident about using a mobile phone for shopping.

The most popular way for paying is with contactless debit cards, a choice for three out of five consumers who use contactless cards regularly.

App will create augmented reality tutorials

A start-up company in Germany has created an app that will create augmented reality tutorials from a normal video.

IOXP says it can take a single video of someone who is correctly performing a task and then use artificial intelligence to convert that into an AI tutorial.

The idea is that by using augmented reality headsets, users can have step-by-step instructions to complete a task or project with the app correcting any mistakes or missteps.

Essentially, the firm’s software uses algorithms to separate the video into comprehensible chunks that will detect the user’s hands and what they are doing and recognise when they are making mistakes.

Apparently Bosch has trialled the system already with its engineers and is discussing a larger roll-out of the app’s potential.

Car keys to be replaced with apps

BMW says it is looking into replacing car keys with mobile phone apps.

The firm says that all of its customers carry a smartphone and that BMW will enable them to unlock their vehicle using it which would make keys redundant.

The move to replace keys was announced at the Frankfurt car show where BMW executives pointed to new vehicles which no longer need a key to be placed in the ignition for the vehicle to start.

A spokesman for the firm said: “If customers do not need to take the key out of their pocket, why do they need to carry it around?”

In other Miratrix mobile phone news …

Apple has revealed that it is reducing the bloat from iTunes by removing iOS App Store so users cannot sync apps from their PC or Mac to an iPhone. Users will instead need to use the new App Store on iOS to download their apps and updates.

Greater Manchester Police is asking its officers to submit their ideas for apps that will enable them to work efficiently and make better decisions while on the beat. The officers are being offered the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of experts for them to decide whether it should be funded and then rolled out across the force’s mobile platform.