NY Times reports Fake iPhone retail apps surging just in time for the Holidays

(NYTimes via CNBC): Hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple‘s App Store in recent weeks — just in time to deceive holiday shoppers. The counterfeiters have masqueraded as retail chains like Dollar Treeand Foot Locker, big department stores like Dillard‘s and Nordstrom, online product bazaars like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury-goods makers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo. “We’re seeing a barrage of fake apps,” said Chris Mason, chief executive of Branding Brand, a Pittsburgh company that helps retailers build and maintain apps. He said his company constantly tracks new shopping apps, and this was the first time it Click Here to Read more

Apple opens Spanish Language Store Feed on Twitter

(This post has been translated to Spanish at the end of this article). Early Friday, Apple opened a new store feed via Twitter for its Spanish speaking customers and to expand its reach demographically. So far, two posts started to show up, and more are expected soon. To see the account, click here La mañana del viernes, Apple abrió una nueva tienda de alimentación a través de Twitter para sus clientes de habla hispana y para ampliar su alcance demográficamente. Hasta el momento, dos puestos comenzaron a aparecer, y se espera que más pronto. Para ver la cuenta, haga clic Click Here to Read more

Are you for Hillary Clinton? There’s an app for that!

With all of the apps in the world, you knew this one would be coming up. Now Hillary Clinton supporters can download the official app for the Hillary Clinton campaign. App users can answer daily quizzes, get exclusive perks, and more according to the description: The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the presidency is us. Download the new Hillary 2016 app to take small actions every day that’ll add up to helping win this election—and make history. Test your knowledge, get special access, and compete against your friends (and Hillary supporters across the country!) to do the most good. Click Here to Read more

Need someone to pick up your dog’s poop? There’s an app for that!

(Yes, this is real folks!) “What do you get when you combine a population too busy to look up from its smartphones, a ‘one-tap economy’ and 78 million pet dogs?” Karin Brulliard reports for The Washington Post. “You get Pooper, an app that summons someone to scoop your pooch’s waste off the sidewalk or neighbor’s lawn.” “Perhaps you have enough time to own a dog, feed a dog and take it on walks, but you are just too darn busy to reach down to pick up its poop,” Brulliard reports. “You are Pooper’s target customer.” “Once your dog does its Click Here to Read more

China Cracks down on iOS Apps

“More than half a billion Chinese smartphone users face increased monitoring of their mobile app usage thanks to new laws targeting operators including Apple Inc.” David Ramli reports for Bloomberg. “App stores and providers must establish the identity of users, while monitoring and reporting postings that contain banned content. The legitimacy of developers who post apps for download must also be verified, according to new rules posted on the Cyberspace Administration of China’s website.” “All app stores and providers are now required to keep a record of users’ activity for 60 days,” Ramli reports. “The regulations mark one of the Click Here to Read more

Software bug shuts down Nest thermostats, turns off heating for unlucky customers

A buggy software update has caused many users of Nest’s smart thermostat to wake up in the cold in recent days, as the devices have been found to quickly drain their batteries and shut down, leaving heating and cooling systems offline. “We had a bug that was introduced in the software update that didn’t show up for about two weeks,” Nest co-founder Matt Rogers told Nick Bilton of the New York Times, who experienced the snafu firsthand. Issues began to crop up earlier this month, when customers found their HVAC systems unresponsive. For users, fixing the problem — Nest says 99.5 percent of Click Here to Read more

Get ready for the Superbowl with these iOS apps

Whether you’re at the Super Bowl or watching it on TV, you’ll probably have your iOS device near you. Several companies have developed apps to help you get the most out of today’s game.  Clicking on this link will take you to the latest list of apps for the Superbowl. Some apps are informational, while others are actual games to help you get in the mood. What ever app you may download, we hope you enjoy today’s game (and the commercials!)

Apple TV and its remote control – it sucks!

By: Dan Uff Don’t get me wrong by the title, I love Apple TV and have had one since Apple first introduced it.  I stream my music, movies, photos, and other content to my HDTV all the time. The set up for a newer TV is a snap, and one can get the device up and running in no time.  All of that statement would be true except for one annoying thing….The Apple TV’s remote control. Who ever came up with the design for this thing (even if it was Steve Jobs) was on something.  The last thing that I want Click Here to Read more

Apple revises iOS App Store for iPad

Apple has silently updated the App Store to make it easier for iPad users to scroll through the latest “featured apps” and “new and noteworthy” additions on both the main page of the App Store and in each category section, Apple’n’Apps reports. The change, while small, makes the pages more touch-friendly by removing small arrows on each end of the featured boxes and instead making the grid swipe-driven. Read more: http://www.macnn.com/#ixzz1e25lyOw3

DirectTV for iPad adds TV Viewing

DirecTV has posted a new version of its iPad app, v1.3.1. The app is normally intended to be used as a guide and remote control. The v1.3.1 update, though, introduces support for in-app viewing of live TV. Users must be DirecTV subscribers, and on the same Wi-Fi network as a compatible DirecTV HD DVR. Read more: http://www.macnn.com/#ixzz1c0kDNEX1

Android apps set to topple Apple

As mobile-phone applications become a key feature for many smartphones along with increased smartphone penetration, application downloads in the Asia-Pacific region will shoot up this year and Android apps look set to upset Apple’s iOS apps for the first time, according to a research report. Mobile phone app downloads are expected to be about 5 billion by the end of this year in the Asia-Pacific region, up 189 percent from 1.6 billion downloads last year, research firm Ovum Ltd said in a report, Mobile Application Download and Revenue Forecast: 2011–16, released on Thursday.