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Apple discontinues Chomp for Android

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Chomp For Android Discontinued

Apple in February acquired the San Francisco-based company Chomp, a startup that develops application search and discovery software. Apple went forward with the acquisition in an attempt to improve the application search and discovery features within its App Store — the company’s Genius recommendations are a little half-baked. The service was previously available for both Android and iOS, but a recent visit to Chomp’s website has revealed that you can no longer search for Android applications. The app has also been removed from Google’s Play marketplace. It is unclear what will become of Chomp’s earlier partnership with Verizon, which used the service to powering its own app store marketplace.

[Via GigaOM]


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Malware found to steal credit card data from hotel payment systems

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Security firm Trusteer warned this week of a trojan that is capable of stealing an individual’s credit card information from hotels. The firm’s intelligence team discovered the remote access trojan being sold on underground forums for $280. The malware is designed to capture screenshots from point-of-sale applications that access credit card numbers and expiration dates. These systems are located on front-desk computers at hotels, and they are often unmanaged and do not contain anti-virus protections software that would stop a trojan of this type. The malware’s creators also include instructions on how to use VoIP-based social engineering to trick front-desk clerks into installing the trojan.

[Via SC Magazine]


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Royal Canadian Mint aims to kickstart digital currency with MintChip developer challenge

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Bitcoin may not have yet grown much beyond a relatively small base of enthusiasts, but it looks like the Royal Canadian Mint is hoping that its backing will help its own new digital currency catch on in a bigger way. While less decentralized and different than BitCoin in a number of other respects, it is similarly an all-digital currency, and one that requires no personal data to be shared during transactions. Those transactions can be both large and very small (with an emphasis on the latter), and handled in a variety of ways, including over the web or directly between two devices with the necessary hardware (a MintChip-enabled microSD card is one proposed option). While a more formal unveiling is apparently coming later this month, the Mint has already kicked off a challenge where it’s inviting developers to create applications that use MintChip technology — something that, for the near future, will only be available to said developers. Complete details on it can be found at the link below.

Royal Canadian Mint aims to kickstart digital currency with MintChip developer challenge originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 08:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ARM Cortex-M0+ is a low-power, low cost 32-bit processor for the ‘internet of things’

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The “internet of things” is quite the buzzed about phenomena these days and everyone wants in on the action. But, much of the hype so far has been associated with that DIY staple, the Arduino, and its admittedly under-powered 8-bit MCU. ARM is looking to put more power at developers fingertips, though, with the Cortex-M0+, an ultra low-power processor designed for embedded applications. The 32-bit chip is based on the existing M0, but with significant tweaks that greatly improve performance while keeping power draw to a minimum. Freescale and NXP should be first out the box with licensed processors and, while we wouldn’t anticipate these showing up in a refrigerator or printer just yet, we wouldn’t be shocked if they drew some interest from hobbyists. Check out the complete PR after the break.

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ARM Cortex-M0+ is a low-power, low cost 32-bit processor for the ‘internet of things’ originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Malicious apps beware, Windows 8 will feature a ‘kill switch’

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

“Kill switches” have become a standard part of most mobile operating systems. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google each have the ability to remotely delete malicious applications from users’ devices without permission. With the launch Windows 8 later this year, millions of computers will receive similar functionality for the first time according to Bloomberg. Microsoft hasn’t spoken publicly about Windows 8′s inclusion of the feature, having only confirmed to Bloomberg that it will have the ability to remotely delete or update applications downloaded through the Windows 8 app store. Any software installed from a flash drive, DVD or through a Web browser will remain outside of Microsoft’s reach.


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Android and iOS activations jump 353% on Christmas Day to set new record

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Did you give or receive a smartphone for Christmas this year? If so, you contributed to the largest day ever for Android and iOS activations. According to Flurry Analytics, Christmas Day set a record for activations of those two smartphone operating systems in a single day. Between December 1st and December 20th, activations teetered between 1.3 million and 1.8 million devices per day, or an average of 1.5 million daily activations. That figure jumped 353% on December 25th, however, with 6.8 million iOS and Android devices having been activated according to Flurry. Read on for more.

The company also noticed a surge in new application downloads, no doubt propelled by the increased number of devices being activated. Between December 1st and December 20th, iOS and Android users downloaded about 108 million applications per day. On Christmas Day, downloads increased 252% to more than 242 million new Android and iOS apps were downloaded. Flurry explained that figure is “more than double any other day in the history of iOS and Android devices, except December 24, which delivered roughly 150 million downloads.” Finally, Flurry found that new Android and iOS phone users downloaded the largest volume of applications between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm (normalized) on Christmas Day, with peak hourly downloads exceeding 15 million.


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TeleNav launches browser-based turn-by-turn GPS navigation using HTML 5

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

TeleNav’s been bringing the turn-by-turn goods to both Android and iOS for quite a while now, and has added plenty of nifty features to its GPS platform along the way — from personalized routes to offline access. Now, the company has unveiled plans to put its navigation in every HTML5-capable browser on the planet, and the best part is, it’s free. The new service is available now for a select group of developers, who can add TeleNav’s voice-guided GPS by plugging in a single line of code into their websites or apps. The service will eventually be released for consumers and all developers, but for those devs who’d like to dip their toe into TeleNav’s web-based waters early, the company’s accepting applications now. The GPS bar has officially been raised… the question is, how will the team in Mountain View respond?

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TeleNav launches browser-based turn-by-turn GPS navigation using HTML 5 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Despite its own flaws, Microsoft offers free Windows Phones to Android malware victims [video]

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Microsoft employee Ben Rudolph recently tweeted that any Android phone owner who has a device infected with malware can tweet his or her story with the hashtag #windowsphone upgrade for a chance to win a free Windows Phone. That sounds like an attractive promotion, especially given Microsoft’s fresh batch of powerful and solid Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) devices. Google has reportedly pulled more than 100 malware applications from the Android Market but Microsoft isn’t exactly an anti-malware poster boy itself. In fact, earlier on Tuesday WinRumors posted a story about a security flaw that allows a user to send a text message that automatically reboots any Windows Phone device and then renders the messaging client completely useless. Microsoft hasn’t yet responded to the report and WinRumors, rightly, didn’t explain exactly how the flaw works. A video of the Windows Phone flaw follows after the break.

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Android Market reaches ten billionth download, sells Minecraft, Swiftkey X, others for a dime

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Happy milestone, Android Market! It’s a busy place, full of hustle and bustle — so much so, in fact, that the applications plaza for Google’s mobile OS just had its ten billionth app downloaded. In honor of hitting this mark, it’s passing the savings on to you, placing ten apps on sale for ten cents. The sale will last for ten days (notice a theme?), so procrastinators will have a little extra time to decide which ones are worth a dime. There’s a few classics on the list, such as SwiftKey X, Minecraft, Asphalt 6 and SoundHound. Check the source link (or glance at the screenshot above) to see what else is available, as well as a press release straight from SwiftKey below the break.

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Android Market reaches ten billionth download, sells Minecraft, Swiftkey X, others for a dime originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hackers crack Siri to work on any device

Monday, November 14th, 2011

A group of developers from Applidium posted a story recently that explains how the group was able to crack Siri so that they could run the virtual assistant on any device. Basically, the group was able to get Siri to analyze voice inputs that were never spoken through an iPhone. It turns out Siri uses TCP to speak to a server at using port 443. Applidium then logged on to a desktop computer, entered in that IP address, and realized that Apple was returning a server named “” and that Siri was using HTTPS as its protocol. Putting it simply, the group then created a fake address and tricked Siri into sending commands there instead of to Apple’s own server. Applidium discovered that Siri sends Apple a time stamp for each word spoken, as well as a reply confidence score, and described the software as “very, very chatty.” It is possible to get the software working on an Android device, or any similar gadget, but you’ll need at least one iPhone 4S identifier and some coding know-how. The hackers published a set of tools that it says can be used by anyone to create Siri-enabled applications and is encouraging fellow hackers to try the tools out and see what they can develop. “And let’s see how long it’ll take Apple to change their security scheme,” the group jested.

[Via TNW]


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Sprint says iPhone is 50% more network efficient than Android

Friday, October 28th, 2011

During the company’s earnings call on Wednesday, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse said the iPhone is more than 50% more efficient on Sprint’s network than Android devices. “iPhone users are expected to use significantly less 3G data than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G/4G device,” Hesse added, noting that his company has found that iPhone applications take better advantage of offloading data onto Wi-Fi networks and that Android apps are “more chatty” with its network. “If Sprint’s claims are true, this could become a new key differentiator in Apple’s relationship with the operators that subsidize its phones versus Apple’s competitors HTC, Samsung [and] Motorola,” BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk explained, noting that Sprint’s report is “short on evidence” and that his firm will continue to test those claims.


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3LM resurfaces, still wants to make Android secure enough for the IT guys

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Remember when Motorola bought 3LM, a startup dedicated to offering enterprise-class device management to Android users? After eight months of silence, there’s finally some news about the company and its handset-agnostic solutions. It’s called, erm, 3LM and you (yes, you) can begin the scintillating process of installing it on your servers and company-issued smartphones later this week. Administrators will get the power to encrypt data and removable storage on Android devices like the Motorola ET1, remotely install / uninstall / blacklist applications, connect to the devices over VPN and behave like the killjoys we all know and love admins to be. There’s no word on how much this shebang will cost, but you’ll find most of the other important facts in the press release, tucked after the break.

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3LM resurfaces, still wants to make Android secure enough for the IT guys originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Oct 2011 08:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intel kills MeeGo in favor of Tizen

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Intel announced on Wednesday that it will be shifting its efforts from MeeGo to the new “Tizen” mobile operating system recently announced by The Linux Foundation. The move is in line with reports from early September that suggested Intel would move on due to a lack of consumer enthusiasm surrounding the OS. Nokia launched the MeeGo-powered N9 this month but also announced in June that it was ditching the platform in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. “We believe the future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5,” Intel said in a blog post, explaining why it did not decide to evolve MeeGo. “Shifting to HTML5 doesn’t just mean slapping a web runtime on an existing Linux, even one aimed at mobile, as MeeGo has been.” Intel also noted Tizen will support smartphones, tablets, netbooks, smart TVs and in-vehicle systems. 


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Three-quarters of revenue among top apps now generated by in-app purchases

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Freemium applications are driving in-app purchases according to a new report from Distimo, which was completed for the Verizon Developer Community. It is like getting a free ice cream sample at Baskin-Robbins: give a consumer a taste of something for free and then let them come back for more. Just 4% of all iPhone applications feature in-app purchases but, among the 200 highest-grossing applications in the iTunes App Store, 72% of the application revenue came from those with in-app purchases. That figure is up from just 28% last year. The revenue landscape is similar in the Android Market. 68% of the 25 top-grossing apps in the Android Market offer in-app purchases. Distimo also found that the average application in the iTunes App Store costs $3.84 while the average Android application costs $3.30.

[Via MacStories]


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Windows 8 desktop apps to run on ARM devices, too

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Desktop apps that are designed to run on Windows 8 computers with x86/x64 processors will also be capable of running on ARM processors, ZDNet reported on Tuesday. Developers will need to recompile applications so that they run properly and Microsoft is hoping that a majority of developers create both desktop and ARM versions of their applications. In addition, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley said the standard Windows 8 desktop Metro style user interface will look the exact same on both types of processors. Microsoft has not yet said whether or not its Windows 8 application store will be populated with both Metro style applications and desktop apps.


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BlackBerry App World 3.0 now available

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Research In Motion launched BlackBerry App World 3.0 on Tuesday and it adds number of enhancements over the previous iteration. BlackBerry App World 3.0 offers a revamped home screen with rotating banners that display new and featured applications, an App sharing feature that allows users to share their favorite applications using Facebook, Twitter, BBM, SMS or email, new application channels for finding apps faster and the ability to manage subscriptions through the BlackBerry App World “My World” portal. BlackBerry App World is available now and the upgrade is free. BlackBerry users can visit on their devices to download App World 3.0 beginning immediately.

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Windows Phone Marketplace now home to more than 30,000 apps

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile is now home to more than 30,000 applications according to app tracking website WindowsPhoneAppList. On July 2nd, the Windows Marketplace for Microsoft’s Windows Phones passed the 25,000 milestone. By comparison, Apple’s iTunes App Store is populated with more than 500,000 applications and Google confirmed in May that the Android Market has more than 200,000 apps. The Windows Marketplace’s paid app list is loaded with games — as it should be considering the great Xbox Live integrations — and the top-five paid apps are Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Need for Speed Unleashed and Cro-Mag Rally.

[Via MobileBurn]


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