Posts Tagged ‘App’

Should Medical Apps Be Regulated?

August 21st, 2012 08:02 admin View Comments


maximus1 writes “There’s a tidal wave of medical-related apps coming to smartphones and tablets that will be used by doctors and patients alike. But how should the medical establishment deal with them? Neurologist Steven Levine, currently working on an app for stroke victims, thinks they should be treated like new medicines: developed using scientific peer review and subject to regulation by the government or professional associations. Obstetrician Kurian Thott, developer of an app called iRounds that helps communication between doctors, thinks they should be released quickly and the market should decide which take off. What do you think?”

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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

August 17th, 2012 08:39 admin View Comments

Desktops (Apple)

New submitter technonono writes MplayerX, a popular and free video player app on Mac OSX, is now leaving Mac App Store ‘after arguing with Apple for three months.’ The developer claims that Apple’s sandboxing policies would strip the app into ‘another lame Quicktime X,’ which is unacceptable. The app is releasing updates on its own site, where users who bought it from the App Store would most likely never notice them. The situation was ‘foretold‘ by Marco Arment, at least for one app.”

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Insurer Measures Driver Safety With Smartphone App To Calculate Premiums

August 17th, 2012 08:07 admin View Comments


Qedward writes “Motorists are being invited to help develop a new driving app that could earn them a discount of ‘up to 20%’ on their motor insurance. British insurer Aviva is using smartphone technology to create individual driver profiles that will be used to calculate tailored pay-how-you-drive premiums. The driver behavioral app, Aviva RateMyDrive, will monitor motorists taking part in the test for 200 miles, including acceleration, braking and cornering. This data is then turned into an individual score which helps determine the motorist’s premium, with ‘safer’ drivers earning up to 20% off their deal.”

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Voting Begins For Canadian Digital Currency App

August 16th, 2012 08:29 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “The Royal Canadian mint has been pursuing the creation of mintchip, a digital currency for Canada, through a publicly held app contest. App development and consideration is now complete, and the public can now vote on which phone or desktop digital payment apps should be endorsed and publicized by the mint. There has been multiple arguments that the mintchip could easily have the same security, privacy, and traceability concerns as current digital payment, rather than actually introducing the benefits of cash.”

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Google Unveils New Search Features, Including iOS Voice Search

August 8th, 2012 08:20 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter sohmc writes “Some time ago, Google admitted that the biggest threat was not other search engines but services like Siri. However, Google just bridged that gap with Google Voice Search, already available in Jelly Bean, but also available via downloadable app. Google also submitted this app to the iOS App Store and is currently waiting approval. However, Slashdotters are no doubt recalling to mind the ‘Google Voice’ fiasco, in which Apple refused to allow it to appear, saying that it replaces a native function. It wasn’t until Apple was brought before Congress to answer questions on how it approves or rejects apps that Google Voice was brought in.”

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YouTube App Removed From iOS 6 Beta4

August 6th, 2012 08:26 admin View Comments


TrueSatan writes iOS 6 beta 4 has removed the YouTube application that existed on iOS since the first version in 2007. Apple confirmed that YouTube is gone from iOS 6. Google is apparently building its own app saying: ‘Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.’”

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Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? There’s an App For That

August 5th, 2012 08:52 admin View Comments


theodp writes “ProPublica’s Lois Beckett reports that the Obama for America campaign’s new mobile app is raising privacy concerns with its Google map that recognizes one’s current location, marks nearby Democratic households with small blue flags, and displays the first name, age and gender of the voter or voters who live there (e.g.,’Lori C., 58 F, Democrat’). Asked about the privacy aspects of the new app, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign wrote that ‘anyone familiar with the political process in America knows this information about registered voters is available and easily accessible to the public.’ Harvard law prof Jonathan Zittrain said the Obama app does represent a significant shift. While voter data has been ‘technically public,’ it is usually accessed only by political campaigns and companies that sell consumer data. ‘Much of our feelings around privacy are driven by what you might call status-quo-ism,’ Zittrain added, ‘so many people may feel that the app is creepy simply because it represents something new.’”

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Google Clamps Down On Spam, Intrusive Ads In Apps

August 1st, 2012 08:39 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader tips news that Google has sent out a letter to app developers explaining policy changes for any new apps published on the Google Play store. In-app purchases must now use Google Play’s payment system unless it’s for goods or services used outside the app itself. They’ve added language to dissuade developers from making their apps look like other apps, or like they come from other developers. But more significantly, Google has explained in detail what qualifies as spam: repetitive content, misleading product descriptions, gaming the rating system, affiliate traffic apps, or apps that send communications without user consent. Also, advertisements within apps must now follow the same rules as the app itself, and they can’t be intrusive: Ads can’t install things like shortcuts or icons without consent, they must notify the user of settings changes, they can’t simulate notifications, and they can’t request personal information to grant full app function.

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Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

July 31st, 2012 07:25 admin View Comments


redletterdave writes “In 2008, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama decided to announce his running mate, then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, over a text message, which was sent out to Obama’s legions of followers. Four years later, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the likely presidential nominee from the Republican Party, has decided to make his VP announcement over a smartphone app. On Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s campaign team launched a smartphone app called ‘Mitt’s VP,’ which promises app users will be the first to know the official news of Romney’s running mate for the November election. Once Romney makes his decision, he will announce the news over the app, which will alert smartphone owners with a text notification.”

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Apple In Trouble With Developers

July 27th, 2012 07:49 admin View Comments

Desktops (Apple)

geek writes “According to Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, Apple may be in trouble with developers. According to Arment, the new sandboxing guidelines from Apple are pushing developers away in droves. ‘I’ve lost all confidence that the apps I buy in the App Store today will still be there next month or next year. The advantages of buying from the App Store are mostly gone now. My confidence in the App Store, as a customer, has evaporated. Next time I buy an app that’s available both in and out of the Store, I’ll probably choose to buy it directly from the vendor. And nearly everyone who’s been burned by sandboxing exclusions — not just the affected apps’ developers, but all of their customers — will make the same choice with their future purchases. To most of these customers, the App Store is no longer a reliable place to buy software.’ Arment also comments on the ‘our way or the highway’ attitude Apple often takes in these situations and how it may be backfiring this time around.”

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