Apple Bans Passcode Harvesting App

Yesterday we posted about a developer who made an interesting blog post picking apart the most common iPhone passcodes. How did he get his data? He harvested the codes from an app he created called "Big Brother Camera Security," which took a photo of anyone trying to use your phone. It turns out the developer was anonymously — and without permission — recording people's passcodes. While he released this information with the best of intentions — namely getting people to use better protection — us and some others were a bit worried about the fact that he gathere d this info at all.Now we've heard that his app has been pulled from the app store. Even though he was only gathering from his own app, Apple banned his app for “surreptitiously … [Read more...]

Apple Changes Tune On In-App Subscriptions

One of the more controversial parts of Apple's In-App Subscription model was the infamous clause: 11.13 Apps can read or play approved content (magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, video) that is sold outside of the app, for which Apple will not receive any portion of the revenues, provided that the same content is also offered in the app using IAP at the same price or less than it is offered outside the app. This applies to both purchased content and subscriptions. [Emphasis added] In basic terms, that means that any content offered through the app has to be either the same price or less expensive than outside. You can't go charging people more money to subscribe through the app than through, say, a webstore. The problem many … [Read more...]

EFF Says Apple Should Fight Lodsys

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We're still waiting for any official word from Apple as to what they're doing to fight off the ludicrous patent trolling from Lodsys, the EFF says they should team up with their devs and fight. In case you missed it, Lodsys – a troll whose sole business model is owning and suing on patents – has sent letters to many of Apple's app developers accusing them of infringing a patent that covers the in-app purchasing functionality that Apple provides as part of its operating system. In addition to these accusations, Lodsys' letters demanded payment. Unfortunately, suing app developers – who often lack the resources required to defend a lawsuit – is a trend we’re seeing more and more often.What’s different here, however, is that Apple … [Read more...]

Rumor: Official Google Voice App Already Approved

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TechCrunch is reporting that an official Google Voice app has already been approved by Apple, and it's just being tweaked for the iPhone 4 and multitasking before heading out to the app store in the next couple of weeks. The App Store review office at 1 Infinite Loop has officially frozen over: we’ve gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks. In fact, we’ve heard from a source close to Google that it’s already been approved — Google just needs to revamp the application to work with the iPhone 4 and iOS’s multitasking capabilities. If you’re a Google Voice user and you’re on an iPhone, this is great news.There are already two Google Voice apps available for the iPhone, but … [Read more...]

Is Google Voice Coming Back To The App Store?

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With the relaxing of the Apple App Store regulations, rumors are flying thick and fast about what the changes will mean for apps previously expunged or disallowed. One of the most interesting things we're hearing about, is that Google Voice apps might finally make their way back to the App Store. TechCrunch talked to the developer of GV Mobile, an app that was pulled from the store last year, and there are some hopes yet.He enquired to the App Store, as his app doesn't violate any of the current crop of regulations, and was told that he was welcome to resubmit, a change from the previous stonewall he got from the store.It doesn't sound like Google is getting in on the action, saying “we currently offer Google Voice mobile apps for … [Read more...]

Apple To Allow 3rd-Party Dev Tools, Will Publish App Store Guidelines

The App Store approval process is a difficult one by any account, an opaque system that seemingly arbitrarily decides what is okay and what isn't. Apple has just put out an official statement, promising to overhaul the system.They're promising to relax restrictions on using outside development tools, allowing for greater flexibility for development environments: In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need. The clause that banned these was a major issue earlier this year, and maybe we'll see the return of the Flash-to-iPhone … [Read more...]

iPad Gets AVI Playback, Get It Before It’s Pulled

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Somehow, the powers that be at the app store allowed a player in, that lets you natively watch Xvid AVI files, without conversion. We have no idea how long this will be up for, so get it while it's hot! Called CineXPlayer, and it's a free iPad download. Here's the official description: Watch your Xvid movies on your iPad !You love to watch your movies anywhere, anytime and take them with you on your iPad. But you realized that some of the most popular movie file formats (such as Xvid) won’t synch or play on your iPad ?CineXPlayer is the solution for you! -Transfer your Xvid movies to your device instantly (no conversion needed) -Play your movies anywhere, anytime - even when you have no Internet connection (in a train, a car, a … [Read more...]

Is App Store Hacking Endemic? [updated]

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TheNextWeb have unearthed what seems to be a major problem on the app store: users getting their accounts hacked and  hundreds of dollars being spent on crap apps.They first unearthed the problem as being limited to apps developed by Thuat Nguyen, who managed to get a number of his apps in the "books" section of the app store near the top of the list. What appears to be happening, is that he managed to get into people's iTunes accounts, and put hundreds of dollars of purchases onto it, as well as highly rating his own apps.However, in their extended research, it appears that he's not the only shady developer doing it. Nguyen still seems to be one of the main offenders, and there's a lack of information about him — no legitimate home … [Read more...]

App Store Pulls Support For iOS 2.X

On Apple's iOS developer blog, they have announced that the App Store won't handle iOS 2.X apps any more. Here's what Apple says:Review the iOS 4 Readiness Checklist The next generation of the world's most advanced mobile operating system is in the hands of iPhone users around the world, and is now available to iPod touch users for free.Make sure that your applications are compatible with iOS 4. All new applications and updates to existing applications must be built with iPhone SDK 4. In addition, the App Store will no longer support applications that target iOS 2.x. [emphasis added]Review the iOS 4 Readiness Checklist for a wealth of technical resources to help you make the most of the new technologies in iOS 4 and information … [Read more...]