July 13, 2012 |
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.
July 5, 2012 |
Apple's App Store may be experiencing some problems, possibly evidenced by various recently updated iOS apps that are inexplicably crashing. Numerous apps that have just been updated, many of which happened on Wednesday, have been crashing immediately after launching, causing issues for their developers. Instapaper developer Marco Arment wrote about the issue Wednesday, pointing out all the problems his recent app has been suffering that share characteristics with that of at least 50 other apps, on iOS and Mac. Apple hasn't responded to Arment, the Los Angeles Times or other publications' requests for comment, but it appears Instapaper's issues are over.
January 17, 2013 |
Amazon.com has launched a mobile version of its MP3 store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, giving users a way to buy songs from the online retailer with their devices. The new store is a Web app, meaning Apple device users can access it using the Safari browser. By building a Web app rather than an app users have to download from the Apple App Store, Amazon doesn't have to give Apple the typical 30% cut developers pay the Cupertino company when someone buys their app or something within their app. Now iPhone and iPod Touch users "can access Amazon's huge catalog of music, features like personalized recommendations, deals like albums for $5, songs for $0.69, and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere,” said Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, in a statement . PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The store, at amazon.com/mp3 , has a catalog of 22 million songs, the company says.
January 28, 2013 |
Twitter's new app for the iPhone and the iPod Touch became a haven for porn videos as soon as it was launched last week, and that has raised questions about Apple's policy on allowing apps that show adult content. Pornographic content quickly became prevalent throughout Vine, the Twitter-owned app that lets users upload six-second videos shortly after becoming available for the Apple devices last Thursday. Despite the videos, the app has been allowed to remain in the Apple App Store.
March 24, 2012 |
Your smartphone: It's not just for texting, tweeting, waging war against little green pigs and - oh, right - calling people. It's also for making yourself a happier, less stressed-out, more self-aware person. Really, there's an app for that. Any number of apps. They come with names like Mood Swing and CBTReferee and BrainFreqz, and at their best, they offer users "'treatment' in the palm of their hand," says Dr. John Luo, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA.
December 11, 2012 |
ParkMe , a Santa Monica-based start-up, has introduced an update for its iPhone app that brings live street parking information to downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The free app already provides drivers in 300 U.S. cities and other parts of the world with information on where to find cheap parking lots and garages. The update released Tuesday brings a new feature that shows drivers which streets have open parking spaces. Drawing from data provided by the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica, the updated ParkMe app shows streets with open parking using a color system.