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Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon “App Store”

January 4th, 2013 01:09 admin View Comments

The Courts

An anonymous reader writes a court has dismissed Apple’s allegations that Amazon’s use of the “app store” phrase constituted false advertising. “Apple’s efforts to protect its intellectual property sometimes result in lawsuits that leave even the most ardent of Apple fans scratching their heads. One such suit was Apple’s March 2011 lawsuit against Amazon over the retailer’s use of the phrase ‘app store’ as used in its Amazon Appstore for Android. “

Source: Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon “App Store”

Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

January 2nd, 2013 01:30 admin View Comments

Ubuntu

Today Canonical announced Ubuntu for phones. The new operating system is designed to provide easier access to apps and content than is provided by current mobile OSes. They do this by relying on swipe gestures from the edges of the phone’s screen. “Every edge of the phone is used, letting you move faster between apps, settings and content. A short swipe from the left edge of the screen is all it takes to reveal your favourite apps. Page either left or right from the home screen to see the content you use most. A full left-to-right swipe reveals a screen showing all your open apps, while a swipe from the right brings you instantly to the last app you were using. … A swipe from the right edge takes you back to the last app you were using; another swipe takes you back to the app you used before that. It’s natural to keep many apps open at once, which is why Ubuntu was designed for multi-tasking. … Swiping up from the bottom edge of the phone reveals app controls.” The Ubuntu phone OS is built to work well on low-powered devices. Canonical will be at CES next week working on raising interest from manufacturers. As far as software goes, they have this to say: “Web apps are first class citizens on Ubuntu, with APIs that provide deep integration into the interface. HTML5 apps written for other platforms can be adapted to Ubuntu with ease, and we’re targeting standard cross-platform web app development frameworks like PhoneGap to make Ubuntu ‘just work’ for apps that use them.” (In the attached video, the phone OS discussion starts at about 6:37.)

Source: Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

January 1st, 2013 01:08 admin View Comments

Piracy

SternisheFan writes with this excerpt from CNET: “Installous, a major portal for pirated paid apps from Apple’s App Store, won’t be around anymore. Development team Hackulous today announced the closure of Installous on their official Web site. As of today, the pirated app store no longer works, and only shows these errors: “Outdated version. Installous will now terminate” or “API Error. API unavailable.” For many years, Installous offered complete access to thousands of paid iOS apps for free for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Think of it as being able to walk into a fancy department store, steal anything you want, and never get caught.”

Source: Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

California Sues Delta Air Lines Over Mobile Privacy

December 15th, 2012 12:24 admin View Comments

Android

New submitter mrheckman writes “California is suing Delta Air Lines for violation of California’s on-line privacy law. Delta failed to “conspicuously post a privacy policy within their mobile app that informs users of what personally identifiable information is being collected and what will be done with it” after a 30-day notice. Delta’s app collects “substantial personally identifiable information such as a user’s full name, telephone number, email address, frequent flyer account number and pin code, photographs, and geo-location”. Why is it we still can’t control what permissions an app has on our phones? It’s absurd and disturbing that an app for checking flights and baggage demands all of those permissions.”

Source: California Sues Delta Air Lines Over Mobile Privacy

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

December 13th, 2012 12:49 admin View Comments

Google

hcs_$reboot writes “After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google has a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It’s available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format).” Adds reader snowtigger: “It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. Google also released the Google Maps SDK for iOS, and a simple URL scheme to help developers use Google Maps when building their beautiful and innovative apps. The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages.”

Source: Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

Nokia Engineer Shows How To Pirate Windows 8 Metro Apps, Bypass In-app Purchases

December 11th, 2012 12:21 admin View Comments

Microsoft

MrSeb writes “The principal engineer for Nokia’s WP7 and WP8 devices, Justin Angel, has demonstrated, in rather frank detail, how to pirate Windows 8 Metro apps, how to bypass in-app purchases, and how to remove in-game ads. These hacks aren’t exactly easy, but more worryingly they’re not exactly hard either. Angel shows that turning a trial version of a Metro app into the full version — i.e. pirating an app — is scarily simple. It’s just a matter of downloading an open-source app and changing an XML attribute from ‘Trial’ to ‘Full.’ Likewise, a quick change to a XAML file can remove an app’s ads. Bypassing in-app purchases is a little trickier, involving some reverse engineering of some DLLs and and decryption of database files, but Angel still makes it look fairly easy. Angel gives himself one million credits in Soulcraft, an RPG game — something that would cost you over a thousand dollars, if you performed a legitimate in-app purchase. Angel also demonstrates a way to bypass in-app purchases in WinJS (Metro/JavaScript) apps, by injecting scripts into IE10 (the rendering engine for WinJS apps). It’s easy to blame Microsoft for this, but isn’t this really an issue that is intrinsic to all installed applications? The fact is, Windows 8 Metro apps are stored on your hard drive — and this means that you have access to the code and data. Hex editors, save game editors, bypassing Adobe’s 30-day trials by replacing DLL files, pirating Windows 8 apps — these are all just different incarnations of the same attack vectors.”

Source: Nokia Engineer Shows How To Pirate Windows 8 Metro Apps, Bypass In-app Purchases

VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

December 11th, 2012 12:10 admin View Comments

Media

New submitter aaron44126 writes “Some VLC developers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of a native port of VLC as a Windows 8 app. The goal is to create an app with a UI that fits into the rest of the Windows 8 ecosystem that supports the playback of all of the types of files that VLC already supports. Playback of optical media (DVD/VCD/BD) is also on the list. They hope to use as much existing code as possible while doing whatever necessary to get VLC running in the ‘Metro’ environment and meet Microsoft’s requirements for distribution through the Windows Store. Porting to ARM so that it can run on Windows RT devices will happen after the Windows 8 app is complete. The campaign has actually been going on for almost two weeks but they published their first update yesterday, in which they announced their intent to produce a Windows Phone 8 port as well.”

Source: VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps

December 10th, 2012 12:16 admin View Comments

Android

ShipLives writes “Researchers have tested Google’s app verification service (included in Android 4.2 last month), and found that it performed very poorly at identifying malware in apps. Specifically, the app verification service identified only ~15% of known malware in testing — whereas existing third-party security apps identified between 51% and 100% of known malware in testing.”

Source: Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps

Facebook Sued Over App Center Data Sharing In Germany

December 7th, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Facebook

An anonymous reader sends this quote from an IDG News report: “German consumer organizations are suing Facebook because the social network keeps sharing personal data with third-party app makers without getting explicit consent from users. Third party apps often want access to a users’ chat as well as information about friends, personal contact information and the ability to post on a user’s Facebook wall. But instead of asking users for permission, the apps available through Facebook’s App Center just grant themselves access to the data, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), said on Thursday. … In the past, Facebook asked for user consent by showing a pop-up window that warned data was shared with third-parties, and a user had the choice to click on allow or not allow. But when the App Center was introduced that changed, said Michaela Zinke, policy officer at the VZBV. ‘I’m very confused why Facebook changed it,’ she said, adding that before Facebook complied with German law and now doesn’t anymore.”

Source: Facebook Sued Over App Center Data Sharing In Germany

Google Launches Private Android App Stores

December 6th, 2012 12:00 admin View Comments

Google

Trailrunner7 writes “Malicious apps have emerged as perhaps the most serious threat to mobile devices at the moment, and the major players, such as Apple and Google, have tried several different methods of preventing them from getting into their app stores and into the hands of users. Now, Google is taking one more step with the launch of a new service called the Private Channel for Google Apps, which gives enterprises and other organizations the ability to create private app stores and control the apps their users can download. Private Channel is essentially a way for organizations to stand up their own miniature app stores inside of Google Play–the main app store for Android devices–and publish apps to it. That gives these organizations the ability to point their users directly to the apps they want users to download for their Android devices. The new service will include some of the security features built into Google Play, most notably the anti-malware system and the ability to authenticate users.”

Source: Google Launches Private Android App Stores

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