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  • RIM bows to pressure, yanks BlackBerry DUI checkpoint app

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Research in Motion said Wednesday that it would comply with a request made by four U.S. senators and will pull BlackBerry apps that alert drivers of police drunk-driving checkpoints.
  • Google yanks 21 malicious apps from Android Market, phones

    Posted March 2, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    Openness, one of Android's big advantages, can also be the Achilles' heel of the platform. Google has pulled the kill switch on 21 free malware apps from the Android Market and from around 50,000 devices, according to reports. The apps were free illegal downloads of popular apps in the Android Market, repackaged with malware able to steal details from a user's phone.
  • How secure is Windows Phone 7 app code?

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    A recent Microsoft glitch made it possible for developers to bypass the Zune marketplace and download their Windows Phone 7 app of choice. Though Microsoft closed that loopohole, the incident sparked debate over how to secure application code, a problem that affects more than WP7 developers.
  • Microsoft crafts shrewd apps plan for Windows Phone 7 launch

    Posted November 8, 2010 - 11:38 am

    Microsoft has shrewdly created an application environment that makes the new Windows Phone 7 handsets -- on sale Monday November 8 -- instantly useable to buyers, in many of the e-mail, photo, social networking and work activities they pursue daily.
  • What's the deal with Facebook Deals?

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The location-based services gold rush is now officially underway. Ever since smart phones arrived on the scene, people have been predicting that the McDonalds and Starbucks and Wal-Marts of the world would beat a path to our pockets, beaming deals and discounts to our phones in an effort to lure us inside.
  • Will A Mobile Alliance Be Good For You?

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 8:58 pm

    The new Wholesale Applications Community promises easier app development, but a few details must still be worked out.
  • How Google Buzz for mobile will change your life

    Posted February 12, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Everybody's talking about Google Buzz. Most of that chatter is centered on how to use it, and whether it's better or worse than Twitter or Facebook. Almost all the talk is about using Buzz from a PC.
  • Facebook mobile users triple this year

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 6:19 pm

    Facebook said that use of its mobile products has tripled since the beginning of the year and the popularity of some features has surprised the company.
  • Best (free) mobile Twitter apps

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 10:20 am

    Whether you employ Twitter for work, play or a combination of the two, there's a mobile Twitter app that's best for you. Which app that may be depends on your smartphone platform. Check out the following seven mobile Twitter apps for a look at your options.
  • The 10 best Google Android applications

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    Late last year, Google announced that it would give $10 million worth in prizes to software development companies to develop innovative and useful applications for their open source mobile Android platform. Roughly nine months later, Google has announced the winners, and the applications it has selected help users do everything from calling their nearest taxi cabs to comparing sale prices at different stores to calculating their carbon footprint.
  • How to print iPhone text messages

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 4:09 pm

    Among Ecamm Networks' $20 PhoneView's many features (including using your iPhone as a storage device when connected to your Mac, copying the iPhone's music, videos, and photos to your computer; and viewing and editing the iPhone's notes) is that it allows you to export the phone's SMS messages as text files, which you can then print.
  • Review

    Cocktail recipe apps for the iPhone

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 2:02 pm

    There are 5 cocktail database applications now available at the App Store. The best of the lot allow users to create and manage a list of favorite drinks, e-mail or text message recipes to friends, and feature about 5,500 recipes between them. But all suffer from flaws that the developers would do well to remedy in future releases.
  • iPhone apps for travelers

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 11:31 am

    Downloadable applications from Apple's iTunes App Store can turn your iPhone into a helpful traveling companion. As of this writing (early August, 2008), the App Store's Travel category includes foreign language translators, currency and weight/measure converters, a smattering of guides to municipal transportation (such as one for London's Tube), and Frommer's city guides for New York and San Francisco.
  • Vetting the App Store approval process

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 9:28 am

    The App Store has been with us for a month now, and, by many measures, it's a roaring success. Still, that's not to say there that the App Store has achieved perfection in just 33 days of operation. There are plenty of areas for improvement, with the most pressing issues centering around the process in which iPhone applications win approval from Apple and wind up for sale at the App Store.
  • Jobs confirms iPhone application 'kill switch'

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 1:53 pm

    Last week's news that Apple had incorporated some form of application blacklist into the iPhone 3G certainly got people talking. While the purpose of said blacklist wasn't apparent, there was still quite a bit of argument over whether or not an application blacklist was a method that Apple should be employing.
  • Apple removes 'stabbing app' for iPhone

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 9:51 am

    It is unclear how Slasher, a 'stabbing game' for the iPhone, became available in the App Store as Apple claims every game featured on the App Store must be checked by Apple to ensure it does not infringe its terms and conditions.
  • Bugs & Fixes: Items that disappear from the iPhone

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 2:42 pm

    Since fixing MobileMe flaws is all the rage these days, this week's post tackles the problem of vanishing contact and calendar events synced to your mobile device via Apple's online syncing service. And I'll also turn my attention back to smart flash drives, the subject of last week's post.
  • Another iPhone application slashed from App Store

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 2:30 pm

    There's a serial killer on the loose, and he's picking off iPhone applications one by one. The Machiavellian criminal has already done away with NetShare, Box Office, and I Am Rich--now he's set his sights on an application near and dear to his own heart: Slasher. The application in question has vanished; its last known whereabouts place it squarely in the vicinity of the App Store, the same place the other three missing applications were last seen.
  • Apple resurrects iPhone tethering app, then kills it again

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 10:15 am

    The on-again, off-again saga of NetShare, an iPhone tethering application, continued over the weekend as Apple Inc. briefly returned the program to the App Store on Friday, but then yanked it from the mart a second time.
  • iPhone apps: When 2.0 means 1.0

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    With the release of the updated iPhone software, Apple flung open the doors of its new App Store. On its first day, the App store was populated with more than 500 programs, and that number is growing rapidly. Think about that: 500 programs, all of them at version 1.0. On a device that had never before supported software written outside of Apple.
  • Amid transition, Symbian starts paid partner program

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    Symbian launched a partner program for software developers working with its mobile OS, taking an interim step to attract more developers while the OS moves toward open-source availability.
  • Apple ships iPhone SDK beta 8

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:55 pm

    Apple has introduced iPhone SDK Beta 8, revealing the software to be compatible with the final iPhone OS 2.0 release.

  • Microsoft to buy mobile software maker MobiComp

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft on Thursday announced plans to buy MobiComp, a Portuguese company that makes software for the mobile world, including mobile posting to Web sites such as Facebook.

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