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July 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is investigating fraudulent activity following reports of a Russian hacker who found and published a way to make illegal in-app purchases. The Cupertino, Calif., company told the Los Angeles Times it is looking into the reports. "The security of the App Store is incredibly important to us and the developer community," said Natalie Harrison, an Apple spokeswoman. "We take reports of fraudulent activity very seriously, and we are investigating. " Alexey Borodin discovered a method to steal content from iOS apps by making in-app purchases without actually paying any money.
April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
March 5, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. reached yet another milestone: More than 25 billion apps downloaded for use on iPhones, iPads and other devices. The tech giant made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: "A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there. " Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days after the end of the promotion period.
March 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some Apple users in England are bloody upset after the company changed the voice of their version of Siri. When the Cupertino tech giant released the iOS 7.1 update for iPhones and iPads earlier this week, it introduced a new female voice option for British users. However, the male voice was changed, to the displeasure of numerous users. VIDEO: Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 a powerful tablet but isn't a laptop substitute Users who want to hear the difference between old British Siri, new male British Siri and female British Siri, can check out them out in this YouTube video . The change to male British Siri led one user to post a eulogy titled " In Loving Memory of British Siri " for the old version on the Apple sub-reddit.
February 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — When someone buys Sebastian Holst's Mobile Yogi app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: that person's name, location and email address. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third parties when they buy digital goods, he said. And he and other mobile app developers say many people are unaware that their personal details are being shared. "Google is not taking reasonable steps to ensure that this data is used correctly," said Holst, whose apps have 120,000 users.
March 23, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times Inc. began selling applications for the Google Android smart phone in its new "Appstore" just days after Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming that the digital storefront infringes its "App Store" trademark. Escalating the fight with Apple, Amazon said Tuesday that it was giving away an Android version of a popular game as part of the promotion for the new site. Normally the game, Angry Birds Rio, would sell for 99 cents, just as it does in Apple's iTunes App Store. The move was seen as a challenge to Google Inc.'s Android Marketplace for apps that run on smart phones and tablets using the Android operating system.
March 28, 2013 | Chris O'Brien
The backlash over Apple's redesign of Final Cut Pro video editing software two years ago was so severe that even slashing the price by $700, to $299, caused an uproar. Video editors jeered that Apple had abandoned loyal professional users to create a cheap product aimed at consumers. References to "Apple's lemon" and "debacle" became common refrains in blog posts and industry trades scrutinizing the fallout. "It may sing and dance and create unicorns, but you've got a well-deserved PR mess on your hands," read one comment about Final Cut Pro X in Apple's App Store.
December 25, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
I have tried — really tried — to fall in love with the iPad. I've spent hours trying it out. Reading, browsing, gaming. Watching movies. I've trawled Apple's website for killer apps. Conferred with the blue-shirted geniuses at my local Apple store about the wonders of the tablet-enabled lifestyle. I've checked out the favorite apps of my iPad-equipped friends, and tried to conjure every way I might use the iPad for health, happiness and profit. But it's not happening.
September 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One of the great new features on iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 is a new app called Passbook, but for a lot of people who updated their devices with the new operating system, the app simply won't work. In theory, Passbook will let you keep digital passes in one location. When you open the app, you get a screen saying you can use Passbook to store digital copies of flight boarding passes, event tickets and coupons. Target on Thursday announced it would support mobile coupons on Passbook.
February 8, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
In a little over a day, the social networking app Path has gone from facing a wave of criticism to riding a swell of praise over how it handles its users' private data -- more specifically, address books uploaded from Apple iPhones to Path servers. On Wednesday, Path's chief executive and co-founder issued an apology on the San Francisco start-up's blog and the company quickly deleted the collected user data and updated its iOS app , all while promising more transparency in how it collects and uses information from its users.
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," Thursday afternoon. The section is used to promote various apps, including Snapchat, Frontback, Everyday and Picr. The section can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A smart phone app that allows users to post messages anonymously is coming under fire for fostering cyberbullying, leading to at least two juvenile arrests, school phone-use bans and several campus lockdowns. Scrutiny of the 4-month-old   Yik Yak app   for Android and Apple devices has spread from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest and, this week, to the West Coast. The app has registered more than 10,000 downloads on Google's Play Store and, according to   AppAnnie , has cracked the top 100 most popular apps on Apple's App Store.
February 25, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrew Tangel
It was supposed to revolutionize the global monetary system. Instead, the bitcoin virtual currency that has captured the imagination of investors and financiers is on the verge of collapse. In a stunning blow to a novel way to buy products and services, the world's largest exchange for trading bitcoin currency shut down Tuesday, triggering a massive sell-off and sending many prospective investors away - perhaps for good. "This is extremely destructive," said Mark Williams, a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.
February 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The creator of Flappy Bird has removed the popular game from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users who have already installed the game will be able to keep playing it, but it is not possible for new users to download the game, which was at the top of the free-apps chart for both Apple iOS and Android devices before being removed. Dong Nguyen, the game's developer, on Saturday tweeted that he would remove Flappy Bird from the app stores, just a few days after telling the Verge that Flappy Bird was making about $50,000 a day on average from advertisements.
February 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Flappy Bird" will not be available for download after Sunday morning, game developer Dong Nguyen said Saturday in a surprising series of tweets. The game has recently risen to the top of charts of both the Apple App Store and Google Play . Users tap their smartphone screen to propel a bird through a series of gaps between green tubes, which look like the ones in the popular Mario Nintendo video games. If a user hits a tube, his character dies. The point of the game is to get the highest possible score, but "Flappy Bird" is notorious for its extreme level of difficulty.
January 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple will likely introduce a new Apple TV set-top box in the first half of 2014, according to a report Thursday. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's upcoming Apple TV will feature a new app store, according to 9to5Mac , a tech news site known for its accurate Apple reports. With the added app store, Apple may introduce gaming content to the Apple TV for the first time. Apple hasn't dramatically improved its Apple TV product since late 2010, when it released the second generation of the device.
May 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
To say Apple is excited about reaching 50 billion downloads would be an understatement. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has put up a countdown ticker online to track the 50 billionth app, and whoever the lucky person is to download that app will win $10,000 in an App Store gift card. "As of today, nearly 50 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide. And we couldn't have done it without you. So we want to say thanks," Apple says on a Web page showing the App Store open on an iPad mini along with a tracker that currently shows about 49.25 billion apps have been downloaded.
June 18, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
DirecTV Group Inc., the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, will let some subscribers access applications such as the Flickr photo-sharing website through their televisions. The El Segundo company will test the feature starting Friday with as many as 20,000 customers. If the trial is successful, it said, the applications will become available Aug. 1 to all DirecTV on-Demand subscribers. DirecTV will be the first provider of TV programming to offer an application feature, aiming to mimic the success of Apple Inc.'s online App Store.
October 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
"Duck Dynasty" just got more dynastic. A&E's wildly popular reality series has spawned its own mobile game app called "Duck Dynasty: Battle of the Beards. " Now available in the App Store, the game enables fans to occupy the "redneck" universe of the rough-and-tumble Robertson family in the backwoods of Louisiana. The goal for players is to transform from a clean-shaven yuppie type into a duck-hunting man's man with a mega beard. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments In addition to duck hunting, the game allows players to "eat chilies, blow up beaver dams and compete in sets of rapid-fire micro-games that test players' reflexes and drop them feet first into the Louisiana backwoods.
August 27, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple may escape some of the penalties sought by the government in the e-book price-fixing case. But the judge appears ready to grant the Justice Department's request to appoint a third-party monitor who would review Apple's policies and deals to ensure they complied with antitrust law, according to CNET . In a hearing in a New York federal court on Tuesday, Judge Denise Cote considered new filings from both Apple and the Justice Department...
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