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In case you need yet another reminder not to go downloading Android apps willy-nilly, a developer was recently caught trying to spread malware by masquerading infected programs as legitimate software. This latest outbreak was relatively easy to spot for tech savvy users, as the dirty dupes were identifiable with the... Read more...
When it comes to Apple’s much-maligned Maps, anecdotes about the app’s mapping errors are easy to find. But data makes a more compelling argument, and that’s what CrowdFlower set out to get. The results of its research led CrowdFlower to peg Google Maps as the most accurate mapper out... Read more...
Ask any child who celebrates Christmas and he or she will tell you that the big day is just over a week away. They keep track of these things, the way adults keep tabs on their favorite sports team, and understandably so. How cool is it to wake up to a pile of loot that a man in a red suit delivered the night before? The logistics of Santa's... Read more...
When you download that banking app to your tablet or smartphone, do you ever wonder if it’s legitimate? Security software publisher Kaspersky Lab recently found some fake banking apps on the Google Play Store, which Google promptly removed upon being alerted. The fraudulent apps are for Russian banks in this case.   This Russian... Read more...
Instagram scored a $1 billion bid from Facebook simply by popularizing the practice of tarnishing an otherwise well taken photo with funky filters, and now Flickr is getting in on the fun. Maybe Yahoo's hoping Google will fork over a similar buyout offer for its photo sharing division? More likely, Yahoo's just giving users what they want,... Read more...
For Windows 8 to be any kind of success, Microsoft needs to flesh its Windows Store with a robust selection of apps, and it needs to do it quickly. That's exactly what's happening. On the Windows 8 launch day (October 26, 2012), the Windows Store contained a little over 9,000 apps, which doesn't come close to Apple's... Read more...
If your idea of a rip-roaring good time involves swapping weather forecasts with friends on Facebook, Google+, or practically any social platform, then boy-oh-boy are you in luck. The relatively new (and recently updated) AccuWeather app for Android takes talking about the weather to a whole new level. So, what's new in the 2.1.6 update? The... Read more...
For Windows 8 to be successful, it needs a robust selection of apps. The very nature of Windows 8 demands it. As Microsoft is quick to point out time and again, its new operating system is Windows re-imagined, and a big part of the re-imagining is the Windows Store. It's a place where desktop and Surface users can go... Read more...
The open source mavens at Mozilla are busy putting the final touches on "Firefox Marketplace," a place where Firefox users will be able to download Web apps similar to Google's Web Store for Chrome. It isn't quite finished yet, though it is now available in the Android Aurora channel, meaning it's essentially in alpha... Read more...
Manipulating photographs on smartphones and tablets is becoming an increasingly important proposition for mobile users. Along with the social benefits that tie into such tasks, it's the reason Facebook forked over $1 billion to acquire Instagram, a free app that essentially makes good photos look old and crappy... Read more...
It seems inevitable that if you're driving down a road with a dozen traffic lights, you'll run into a dozen red ones. Stop-and-go driving tends to exacerbate road rage, particularly if you're in a hurry, but it's also a drain on gas. Wouldn't it be neat if there was a way to time it so you could cruise through intersections without ever stopping... Read more...
The best things in life may not always be free, but free goods (and services) sure are the least expensive, are they not? Naysayers will counter with the idiom, 'You get what you pay for,' and to them I would say, 'Poppycock!' I'm a mobile app user, and if you are too, chances are you downloaded more free apps than... Read more...
Hot on the heels of our recent three-way NAS box roundup, Thecus, one of the participants, just launched an "advanced mobile application" that will allow iPhone and iPad users to have full access to transfer files and stream data right from their mobile device. The app is called T-OnTheGo, and so far it's only... Read more...
In this day and age of constant connectivity, privacy sometimes takes backseat. That doesn't mean mobile users are necessarily willing to share personal information willy-nilly. On the contrary, a new survey reveals that privacy is still a popular theme, and it's the reason a good number of apps never get installed in the first place. Pew... Read more...
IBM's Watson supercomputing platform gets around. Its most famous appearance was on Jeopardy, where it trounced the two greatest Jeopardy players of all time by correctly (most of the time) answering questions about history and a number of other subjects. Watson wasn't designed for game shows, however, and has gone on... Read more...
Great news for Facebook fans who own an iOS device. You may have noticed in the past that Facebook hasn't always performed the way you would expect on your iPhone or iPad, and so Mark Zuckerberg's team of coders went back to the drawing board and retooled the mobile app with an eye towards speed. The newest release --... Read more...
We get it, inputting a user password when purchasing a paid app protects users from unscrupulous thieves and hackers who could otherwise run up an enormous credit card bill (or chew through your iTunes credit) if your iDevice is lost, stolen, or hacked. But must we go through the rigamarole of punching in a password... Read more...
It may have taken what feels like an eternity, but iPad users can now hop on Apple's App Store and download the official Google+ app rather than using a stretched out version of the iPhone app or navigating Google's social network via Safari. "The Google+ app for iPad was designed with the device in mind," Google... Read more...
The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) of New Jersey released an Android app called 'Police Tape' for smartphones that it hopes will help citizens "hold police accountable" by securely and discreetly recording conversations and interactions with Johnny Law. If you happen to walk by an arrest in progress or witness... Read more...
It didn't take long for Google's Chrome browser to become the Top Free app in Apple's App Store for both iPad and iPhone/iPod touch devices. Chrome was officially released to iOS on Tuesday but only made available to download yesterday, and figures to give Safari and its alternative a serious run for browser... Read more...
New data from Flurry Analytics highlights the disparity in developer support for Android and iOS, noting that developers pay more attention to the latter. Much more. In comparing developer support for the two mobile platforms, Flurry found that roughly 7 out of 10 (69 percent, to be exact) applications are developed for iOS, a trend the analytics... Read more...
For those of you who haven't experienced the awesome addiction of Temple Run, it's clear you don't own an Apple device. You've been missing out on one of those rare games that's utterly simple to play but constantly has you promising yourself, "Okay, I'll give it just one more shot," which quickly turns into a dozen more tries and another... Read more...
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