Google now available “now” for iOS as an update to the Google Search app.
With the number of reports of children accidently spending a small fortune on in-app purchases, Apple has kindly provided a guide for users, and parents, to learn more about what in-app purchases are, how they work, and how to prevent your kids from spending all your money on them without permission.
I also have a page for that, it’s called being a responsible parent, securing the settings on the devices I let my kid use, and looking over his shoulder.
When you buy an Android app from the Google app store, they give the app maker your full name, email address and the neighborhood where you live. This occurs without clear warning every single time you buy an app.
I don’t care that much if Google gathers info on me to sell me ads, their services are free so there is got to be a way for them to make money. I get that, nothing in life is free.
But this is way out of line.
Via Loop Insight
So, what makes BadNews bad news? It does at least two things you’d probably rather your phone didn’t do:
Fakes alerts encouraging you to download other infected apps, as well as things things like AlphaSMS, which hijacks your phone and silently signs it up for premium SMS services
Sends your phone number and unique device i.d (the IMEI) back to the malware’s mothership.
App downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.
In other unrelated news, my site has had a 200% increase in viewership, and I’m not telling you how many viewers I had last month, but you will be impressed nonetheless.
The Next Web:
Ouriel Ohayon, co-founder of Appsfire, provided some details of how the App Store sits today. Of the one million app submissions since 2008, 493,289 were paid and 158,848 were games. Of the 736,247 apps that are currently live 336,270 are paid (around 45 percent), while 120,065 are games (around 16 percent).