New York Times All-Access Digital Subscription Means ‘Except Your Android Smartphone’

New York Times All-Access Digital Subscription Means ‘Except Your Android Smartphone’

Mark enjoys the New York Times, and is happy to support their superior acts of journalism in a modern way with a digital subscription. This subscription would allow him all-you-can-read access from computers, tablets, smartphones…you name it. He owns an iPad and an Android phone, and tried to set up Times apps on both devices. The Android version refused to work, even when he reinstalled the app. His emails about the problem were answered but evidently not read. He decided to cancel his subscription…which is when the final insult came about. They offered to extend his subscription for a dollar, but ended up shortening it instead. [More]

Why Do App Developers Release iPhone Versions First?

Why Do App Developers Release iPhone Versions First?

Even though there are still significantly more smartphones running some version of the Android operating system, it’s not uncommon to see developers come out with an app for iPhone users weeks or months before they release anything for Android. What’s up with that? [More]

Want To Spy On Your Friends' Bank Accounts? Lend Them Your iPhone!

Want To Spy On Your Friends' Bank Accounts? Lend Them Your iPhone!

Letting someone borrow your iPhone to log in to their bank’s app quickly, then log back out is no big deal, right? Like letting a friend borrow your computer to check their web-based e-mail. They log in, they log out, they leave no trace. Unless it’s Chase’s iPhone app. Then you get all of their account alerts, no matter what you do. (Short of deleting the app, we assume.) [More]

Apple Removes App That Let Users Make Fake Driver's Licenses

Apple Removes App That Let Users Make Fake Driver's Licenses

Well, that was quick. On Friday, we wrote about the iOS app that allowed users to craft fake driver’s licenses — for the sole purpose of entertaining and amusing their friends, of course — and how one U.S. Senator had appealed to Apple CEO Tim Cook to have it removed from Apple’s online store. Looks like that may have been sufficient, as the app has is no longer on sale. [More]

Senator Calls For Apple To Pull App That Lets Users Create Their Own Driver's Licenses

Senator Calls For Apple To Pull App That Lets Users Create Their Own Driver's Licenses

UPDATE: Looks like Apple has responded by removing the app from its online store. [More]

3 Free Apps For Your Kindle Fire

3 Free Apps For Your Kindle Fire

If you sprung for a Kindle Fire this week, you’re probably looking for apps to feed your e-reading, web-surfing, movie-watching tablet. But because the device is so new it’s not immediately clear which downloads you need. [More]

Walmart Launching 3500 Store-Specific Facebook Pages To Promo Local Deals

Walmart Launching 3500 Store-Specific Facebook Pages To Promo Local Deals

The one major criticism I’ve always leveled at Walmart is that the chain is just too small. If they were really doing things right, all our cities would be enclosed and connected in one long continuous Walmart where all our desires can be met at everyday low prices. To edge closer to that utopia, Walmart is launching several new Facebook pages. 3,500 of them. Each is pegged to a specific local store and will serve up deals just for that store. [More]

Google Wallet Smartphone App Launches With Visa, MasterCard Inside

Google Wallet Smartphone App Launches With Visa, MasterCard Inside

Google’s vision of having cell phone customers buy stuff with their smartphones at cash registers is becoming reality. The Google Wallet app, which allows compatible devices to use their virtual credit cards to make purchases, has gone live. Visa and MasterCard are currently on board, and Google says future updates will include American Express and Discover. [More]

Researcher: 8 Percent Of Android Apps Leak Private Info

Researcher: 8 Percent Of Android Apps Leak Private Info

Free apps sometimes come at a hidden cost, because malicious software can come in seemingly harmless forms, exposing personal data and sending spammy text messages from users’ accounts. An anti-malware service provider studied 10,000 Android apps found that 800 of the programs were spreading personal data around, and 11 were spamming phony text messages. [More]

Survey: More Than A Third Of College Kids At UAB Use Apps While Driving

Survey: More Than A Third Of College Kids At UAB Use Apps While Driving

An apparently unscientific but eye-opening survey found that 35 percent of college students polled at University of Alabama at Birmingham use mobile apps while driving. The sample size was only 93 students, all at UAB, and participants were not selected at random, but the survey was enough to draw the attention of the American Psychological Association, which asked the student who conducted the survey to present her findings at its August convention. [More]

Report Graft Via Smartphone App

Report Graft Via Smartphone App

Bribespot is a new website and Android app that wants to fight corruption by being the Foursquare of bribe reporting. When someone tries to shake you down, you’re supposed to “check in” and report the payola request. Bribespot maps the data and shows where hot zones of graft are popping up. If a place gets enough hits, the people in charge there could have an impetus to take action. It remains to be seen whether the free service gets enough traction to be useful, but it’s a cool idea for how social media and mobile technology can empower regular people to work together to fix government. [More]

Clunky Version Of Hulu Plus Hits Xbox Today

Clunky Version Of Hulu Plus Hits Xbox Today

Microsoft is releasing its long-in-the-making Hulu Plus app on the Xbox 360 today, providing a subscription video streaming alternative to Netflix. [More]

Amazon's Defense in Apple Lawsuit: Steve Jobs' Own Words

Amazon's Defense in Apple Lawsuit: Steve Jobs' Own Words

Should “apps store” really be “Apps Store®,” a trademarked phrase tied exclusive to Apple and its application store for its devices? Amazon didn’t seem to think so. But when it opened the Amazon Appstore for Android, the online retailer still got slapped with a lawsuit from Apple. [More]

Barnes & Noble Wants Submissions For Nook Apps

Barnes & Noble Wants Submissions For Nook Apps

Barnes & Noble is looking for help in making its Nook e-reader more versatile. The bookseller has opened itself to app submissions, allowing garage code-tinkerers everywhere to dream that their creations will be used by people who own the device. [More]

Federal Grand Jury Investigates App Makers Over Privacy Issues

Federal Grand Jury Investigates App Makers Over Privacy Issues

Pandora and other app makers received subpoenas related to a criminal federal investigation in which prosecutors are looking into claims that smartphone apps violate users’ privacy by illegally collecting and transmitting info. [More]

Networks Demand To Be Taken Off Time Warner Cable's iPad Streaming App

Networks Demand To Be Taken Off Time Warner Cable's iPad Streaming App

Some content providers didn’t see it as an honor to be included in Time Warner Cable’s TV-streaming iPad App. In fact, some, such as Fox, saw it as unauthorized use of their content and sent the company cease and desist letters. [More]

Apple Deletes "Gay Cure" App From App Store

Apple Deletes "Gay Cure" App From App Store

Apple pulled a homophobic app from the App Store, but only after tens of thousands of people signed a petition asking it to do so. The app in question was meant to “cure” people of homosexuality. A religious group is responsible for the app, which reportedly used biblical teachings to attempt its goal. [More]

Apple Sues Amazon For Using The Phrase "App Store"

Apple Sues Amazon For Using The Phrase "App Store"

Earlier this year we wrote about Microsoft’s bid to block Apple from trademarking the phrase “app store,” and now comes news that Apple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com for using those words. [More]