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256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

Apple is known, even notorious, for its tight grip on which apps get into its App Store. While sometimes viewed to be a rather heavy handed or authoritarian approach, it has also been praised for curbing the amount of low quality apps and malware. Lately, however, some seem to have slipped through the cracks. This latest App Store violation even numbers in the hundreds. Code analytics service SourceDNA discovers more than 200 iOS apps accepted on the App Store using an advertising SDK that collect users' private data.

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Waze 4.0 update: new design, lower battery usage

Waze 4.0 update: new design, lower battery usage

The navigation app Waze has been updated to 4.0, and with that update comes a refreshed design. The new design, says Waze, improves the functionality by making things easier to use; less taps are needed achieve the same tasks, for example, which is ideal for drivers who need to quickly pull something up. In addition, Waze has added a new reporting menu and reminders while reducing how battery-intensive the app is.

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iMovie goes 4K on Mac to play nicely with iPhone 6s

iMovie goes 4K on Mac to play nicely with iPhone 6s

Apple has given iMovie a 4K upgrade, bringing the video editing app up to speed with Ultra HD to match today's iMac Retina revamp. The iLife app, now at version 10.1, can now handle 3840 x 2160 resolution, which is useful not only for those wanting to take advantage of the pixel-dense screens on the new all-in-ones, but the content they're recording on the latest iPhones.

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Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook has quietly updated its iPhone 6s app to support 3D Touch, with shortcuts available from a hard-press on the homescreen icon. The new version of the app, released today, now supports directly capturing media to share on the social network, as well as uploading content already in your camera roll.

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Hulu’s launching a VR app next month

Hulu’s launching a VR app next month

Samsung’s anticipated Gear VR headset is launching next month, and it’ll only cost $99 USD, making it a financial feasibility for most consumers. To go along with it will be Hulu, which is working on a “virtual reality experience” for its subscribers. The video streaming service will launch its own VR app in November, keeping pace with competing services like YouTube that are also dabbling in the virtual world.

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iOS 9’s space saving “App Slicing” feature finally ready

iOS 9’s space saving “App Slicing” feature finally ready

At long last, one of iOS 9 most useful but hidden feature is finally ready to save users some storage space on their iPhones and iPads. After wrestling with an unforeseen bug with the iCloud backend, Apple is now restoring the "App Slicing" feature, part of the larger App Thinning set, allowing developers to upload a single universal iOS or watchOS app to the App Store, confident in knowing that only the trimmed down variant for a specific device will be downloaded by the user.

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Google might bring its apps to Windows 10 after all

Google might bring its apps to Windows 10 after all

If the recent patent truce between Microsoft and Google didn't freeze hell enough, perhaps this recent one might. Just hours before Microsoft's October event, word got out that Google, who isn't exactly buddies with Redmond, will be bringing its apps to Windows 10. And no, they don't mean via a web browser. This would seem uncharacteristic of Google, who has so far resisted making such a move. But if true, it could usher in an unprecedented, but perhaps also uneasy, period of cooperation between the world's largest platform makers: Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

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Russia gives Google an ultimatum to unbundle mobile apps

Russia gives Google an ultimatum to unbundle mobile apps

It seems that Google has little recourse left in Russia, now that the government has put its foot down on the matter of the search giant's bundling of its services, especially Search, on certified Android phones. The country's anti-monopoly regulatory body is giving the Android maker until November 18 to comply with the instructions or face a fine that could cost Google millions of dollars. Google had hoped to appeal the matter, but it seems that Russia isn't interested in a compromise, nor even some breathing space.

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