Apple told by China to remove apps with CallKit active

Last July, Apple gave in to the Chinese government and removed VPN apps from the Apple App Store in that country. Now, Beijing wants Apple to remove apps that use the company’s CallKit framework. CallKit allows developers to use Apple’s calling interface on their apps. Other such interfaces are available, but CallKit provides a more native feel for a third party app. It’s thought the Chinese object to the use of VoIP that is used by developers with CallKit. Last year, Apple had to remove the Skype app from the App Store in China due to the same reason. At the time, several U.S. lawmakers …


McAfee: Apps from the Google Play Store were used to track defectors from North Korea

Researchers at security software firm McAfee have discovered that a North Korean hacking squad has installed a trio of malware-laden apps in the Google Play Store. The targets are defectors who left North Korea for South Korea. Once the malware is downloaded and installed, it copies contacts, photos and text messages from the victim’s device, and sends them to the hackers in North Korea. The three infected apps include one that deals with food ingredients and is aptly named Food Ingredients Info. The remaining two apps are security related and are named Fast AppLock and AppLockFree.
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Bargain hunters, use these apps to find deals, coupons, and get cashbacks

Nowadays, there are tons of e-commerce websites out there, competing with one another, battling over prices and customer satisfaction. There are so many vendors selling the same thing that it’s extremely easy to miss out on a deal or the best price for a product.

Luckily, there are services, websites, and apps built specifically for the purpose of helping you either get a great deal, a discount coupon, or even get some money back when a product you’ve bought in the past drops in price.

Here, we will be taking a look at 10 such apps to help you save a little money. Maybe use the savings …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (May, 2018)

Another month has passed, just like that, and with it — another zillion of apps has been introduced to the Android Play Store and iOS App Store. As we do each month, we combed through whatever notable offerings we could get our hands on and picked out some of the best new apps that you should check out, either because they are useful, fun, or just plain interesting to see.

We’ve got a fun educational app that lets you “talk” to various famous people — from Cleopatra, to Einstein, to Donald Trump —, a new AR tool to help photographers plan lighting and model positions, a notch hider for Android, …

Facebook suspends 200 apps pending further investigation

Today, Facebook published an update into its investigation of certain apps. These apps managed to collect large amounts of members’ personal data prior to a change that the social network made in 2014. That year, Facebook reduced the amount of personal data that could be collected by third parties. So far, Facebook has suspended approximately 200 apps pending a deeper examination into whether any data was misused by them. Facebook will ban any of the apps that incorrectly handled personal information. Users will be notified at facebook.com/help/yourinfo whether they or their friends installed an …

The best health and fitness apps for your Samsung Gear S3 and Sport watch

What do people use their smartwatches for, mused Samsung, and outed the Gear Sport last year, a fitness-centric timepiece that, however, wasn’t supposed to make owners of the Gear S2 or S3 green with envy.

With Google’s Android Wear strategy on the wane, the Gear family remains one of the few viable options against the Apple Watch juggernaut that is the best-selling wearable of the kind globally.

With a good reason, too – Samsung’s Gear portfolio has a great design with a rotating bezel, clever carousel interface of the crafty Tizen OS, and, above all, oodles of battery life …

Google Pixel Buds will now let you decide which apps will whisper sweet notifications in your ears

New settings are rolling out to the Google app that will allow those wearing Google Pixel Buds to decide which apps will send Spoken notifications through the ear buds. Previously, the Pixel Buds wearer could choose between enabling the notifications or disabling them completely. While that toggle switch is still part of the settings menu, following the update a list showing all the apps on a Pixel Buds owner’s phone is listed directly underneath the toggle switch. Each app can be enabled or disabled for Spoken notifications on an individual basis.

By default, all messaging apps on the user’s …

Apple striking down apps that share your location with third parties

Between the Cambridge Analytica – Facebook scandal and Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation law taking effect soon, privacy is yet again a hot topic in our digital world. Apple has always been quite vocal about protecting their users’ data and it seems it’s making another sweep to enforce its rules right now.

Apparently, Cupertino is currently re-evaluating the many apps throughout the App Store that share user data. Up until this point, these were allowed as long as the user gives consent for the location to be used.

Now, Apple is one-upping the rules, saying that …

Apple releases iOS 11.4 developer and public betas; all new apps must support iPhone X

Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 4 to developers and a version for public beta testers. Developers will receive the update via the Apple Developer Center, or from an OTA update. The iOS 11.4 build includes ClassKit support. Introduced on March 27th along with the sixth generation Apple iPad, ClassKit allows developers to sync Apple’s school-based software with their educational apps. For example, with the not-yet released Schoolwork app, teachers can add a link that students use to get to specific parts of other apps for a class assignment.

A pair of features that were found in beta versions …

Apple to shut down Texture's Windows app in July; Android, iOS apps to continue running

Windows users who enjoy reading magazines online through the Texture app on their PC, will have to consider purchasing an iOS, Android or Amazon Fire HD tablet to keep up with their reading. That’s because Apple, which purchased Texture for an undisclosed amount in March, plans on shutting down the Microsoft Store based Windows app in July. Texture charges $9.99 a month for access to 200 digital versions of popular magazines. It has earned the nickname the “Netflix of magazines.”

After Apple purchased Texture, there was talk about the company absorbing Texture into Apple News to create a …