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Android's under-5s apps have 'unfair and deceptive' ads

Under-fives are being blitzed with app-based ads which are often manipulative, inappropriate or deceptive, according to a coalition of campaign groups. Examples given include a character crying if the child does not pay to unlock part of a game, and an app promoting another title that showed a cartoon of the US president trying to […]

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Apple’s latest feature ensures MacOS apps are safer than ever

MacOS is mythically known for being more immune viruses and other problems when compared to Windows, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to make the operating system safer. In the latest development, Apple is using an app notarization feature in macOS Mojave to protect users from downloading malicious apps, originally noted by Mac Rumors. […]

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After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps

Aurich Lawson Google is adjusting to life in the EU after the $ 5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) antitrust fine levied against it by the European Commission earlier this year. Google is still appealing the initial ruling, which found that Google used Android to illegally dominate the search market, but for now Google will comply with […]

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New Windows 10 19H1 preview lets users remove more pre-installed Microsoft apps

A fresh Windows 10 install usually traps consumers with some pre-loaded Microsoft apps and services, but that may have just changed. With the release of the latest Windows 10 19H1 preview build on October 17, Microsoft is letting some consumers remove more of the pre-installed inbox app bloatware from their PCs. Any pre-installed third-party games and […]

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How Apps Are Helping State Inspectors Save Time And Taxpayer Dollars

By Jenni Bergal Apps are old news, and more than three-quarters of American adults now own a smartphone. But state inspectors only recently have turned to mobile apps, which are saving some of them hours a day and millions of taxpayer dollars. In New York, horticultural inspectors visiting plant nurseries had to lug thick, heavy […]

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Microsoft suspends development of touch-friendly Office apps for Windows

Enlarge Nicole Klauss Microsoft has stopped developing new features for the touch-friendly Office Mobile apps for Windows 10, reports the Verge. Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile first made their debut with Windows 8.1. Their significance is twofold: they have a user interface that’s designed to be touch-friendly, and they’re built using Microsoft’s modern […]

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Google tells lawmakers it allows other apps access to your Gmail

Aleksey Boldin/123rf Even though Google has ceased the practice of scanning user’s Gmail accounts to serve ads, the search giant admitted in a letter to lawmakers that — with user consent — it still allows third-party apps access to your messages. Google’s letter will likely set the tone for what lawmakers will discuss at a […]

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Apple takes down Trend Micro Mac apps that collected, stored user data

Enlarge Andrew Cunningham Apple removed several anti-malware apps from its Mac App Store after the apps were found to export users’ browser histories. All of the apps in question are made by the cyber-security company Trend Micro, which initially denied the allegations but has since issued an apology to its users. “Reports that Trend Micro […]

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CEO John Riccitiello: Two-thirds of all AR and VR apps are built with Unity

Unity CEO John Riccitiello doesn’t think we’ve yet seen a true consumer launch of a VR or AR headset. Speaking at this month’s TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco, Riccitiello stated that around two-thirds of all VR and AR applications were built inside the Unity engine, though he reasoned that every device on the market today was […]

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IBM’s Holodeck-style classroom tech makes language-learning apps look primitive

[embedded content] Whether it’s apps like Duolingo or the ease of travel, there are plenty of ways technology has made it more straightforward to learn a second (or third or fourth …) language. Now, IBM Research and New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have come up with an entirely new high-tech approach — and it totally reminds […]

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This Week's Top Humble Bundle Deals: VR Apps, D&D Stories

Whether you’re looking to learn how to develop VR apps or enjoy a wide selection of D&D stories, these limited-time bundles are alluring. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. The folks over at Humble put together some particularly noteworthy bundles that aim […]

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This Week's Top Humble Bundle Deals: VR Apps, DC Comics

Whether you’re looking to learn how to develop VR apps or enjoy some of your favorite superheroes, these bundles are worth checking out. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. The folks over at Humble put together some particularly noteworthy bundles that aim […]

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These fake Android apps steal your money when you aren’t looking

If you thought you were immune from hackers when downloading “legit” Android apps from Google Play, then think again. The McAfee Mobile Research team recently discovered a new campaign where at least 15 apps were “re-packaged” to secretly sign up for premium paid services in the background. The list includes Qrcode Scanner, Cut Ringtones 2018, […]

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This Week's Top Humble Bundle Deals for Geeks: VPN, Security Apps, and More

Whether you want to tune up and secure your PC, get into programming, or learn a few survival skills, these limited-time bundles are worth checking out. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Recently, the folks over at Humble put together some particularly […]

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The best camera apps for the iPhone

There’s an old adage amongst photographers: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” The point being that when the perfect scene pops up, any camera is better than no camera at all. And since most of us carry our phones with us everywhere, the best camera we have is more often than […]