Image via There is no question it’s been a busy week in the app world, and why shouldn’t it be? You’ve got news on everything from health apps and monitoring apps to super-secret apps causing some controversy. It’s difficult to decide where to begin, but we take you through it to get you up-to-date. Are you ready? Let’s go! Anemia App The most prolific app trends are in the health care sector. You have apps that can test your blood sugar and even read brain waves. Well, recently, the Apps Imagine Cup 2014 was held. And, chosen by Microsoft, the winners of the “Citizens of The World” contest were Australian students Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah. They created an app called “Eyenaemia.” It is a playful pun on words, but it really does good by detecting anemia by simply taking a photo. Bravo! Transactions If your business app makes financial transactions, there is good news. Crittercism has created a new tool called, “Transactions.” It lets your customers monitor your apps, in addition to letting you know immediately when critical issues arise. To illustrate, if your clients were having issues using your app to make payments, you would get an instant alert. What makes it even better is you get to customize the issues that matter most to you, and in what priority. Crittercism CEO, Andrew Levy states, “We have built it to let people define what attributes [they think are] important, what metrics they need to pay attention to. It’s a wide spread.” While there are other apps that manage issues from the server side, this is the only one that gives you feedback regarding client issues. Android and Malware There is also some grim news. Although Android traffic finally took over the mobile world, studies have shown that one out of 10 Android apps is affected with some type of malware or virus. With the recent revelations of Russian hackers compromising 1.2B passwords, is it a surprise? In fact, Android malware has grown 600 percent over the last six months. Hard to imagine the growth trajectory given that the first computer virus was created only a few decades ago. It appears that all of the world’s cyber-criminals are intent on breaking down Android security, and they seem to be succeeding. It goes without saying that regardless of your mobile operating system, you should have anti-virus software installed, even if they are more reactive than proactive. In addition, you should change your passwords on a consistent basis. Apple Changing App Signing Developers will have to take note of Apple’s Gatekeeper. Below is an excerpt of their press release: Beginning with OS X version 10.9.5, there will be changes in how OS X recognizes signed apps. Version 1 signatures created with OS X versions prior to Mavericks will no longer be recognized by Gatekeeper and are considered obsolete. If your team is using an older version of OS X to build your code, re-sign your app using OS X version 10.9 or later using the codesign tool to create version 2 signatures. Apps signed with version 2 signatures will work on older versions of OS X. If your app is on the Mac App Store, submit your re-signed app as an update. However, this won’t affect third-party apps. Image via Are You Happy? With a smartphone app, researchers were able to figure out what triggers happiness. Robb Rutledge from University College London’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging shares, “The data shows that the happiness equation applies to thousands of people worldwide playing our game.” The study took 26 participants and asked them to make decisions that had consequences such as financial gains or losses. From that experiment, a model was used on 18,420 participants. The app is “The Great Brain Experiment” and the game is called, “What Makes Me Happy.” The findings were surprising. Rutledge went on to state, “It is often said that you will be happier if your expectations are lower. We find that there is some truth to this: lower expectations make it more likely that an outcome will exceed those expectations and have a positive impact on happiness.” Do Anonymous Apps Make Sense? Some anonymous apps are coming under fire for their potential at cyber-bullying and exploitation. There is Secret, Whisper, Rumr, Yik Yak, BackChat and Burn Note. All of these apps have been criticized for highlighting the negative attributes of human society. It is a complicated discussion, because on the one hand, most people cannot live without an online connection. On the other hand, we all make mistakes, but when you post something online, it is there forever. Hence, the rise in popularity of these anonymous apps. However, Secret does have a set of guidelines for its users and does allow flagging of messages and posts. They also say users value their app because it allows them to be as honest as they want to be without feeling judged by society. What do you think? Is there a place for anonymous apps in today’s world? Well, there you have it. Another roundup of app news for the first week of August. Hope it was as exciting for you as it was for us. Let us know your thoughts, and see you next time!