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]

Google Deletes Evil Apps

Google Deletes Evil Apps

After identifying several malicious apps on the Android Market that exploited security on the operating system, Google not only remotely deleted the apps but installed software that undid the damage to affected devices. [More]

Rhapsody Threatens To Pull Service From iDevices Over New App Subscription Model

Rhapsody Threatens To Pull Service From iDevices Over New App Subscription Model

Apple has this great new idea: App developers will pay the company 30 percent of in-app sales, including subscriptions. Also, Apple alone gets to keep the customers’ name and contact info, requiring third parties to ask users to opt in to sharing the info with them. Well, the initiative is great for Apple, but not so much for others who may see a hefty cut in their revenues. [More]

Looking For Free Condoms? There's An App For That

Looking For Free Condoms? There's An App For That

Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like free condoms. That must be why the New York City Health Department picked today to unveil its new condom-locator app for iPhones and Android devices. [More]

Google Shopper App Recognizes Products By Their Cover

Google Shopper App Recognizes Products By Their Cover

Google has jumped into the shopping app fray with “Google Shopper,” which stands out from the crowd by being able to id products by their cover art. The feature works on book, CD, DVD, and video game covers. You can also search by voice, along with the usual barcode scanning, local pricematching and the ability to save items. If you’re a RedLaser fan, this could be a serious contender to replace it on your home screen. The app is free and available on both Android and iOS. [More]

Track Your Tax Return Status With IRS2Go App

Track Your Tax Return Status With IRS2Go App

The IRS has an official app called “IRS2Go” for iOS and Android that lets you keep track of your tax return’s status after you’ve filed it. [More]

Facebook Shares Phone Numbers, Addresses With Apps

Facebook Shares Phone Numbers, Addresses With Apps

Facebook is now letting third-party apps have phone numbers and addresses of users, but only if they opt in to share the info. [More]

Get Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper App For Only $4.99 Through Dec 31

Get Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper App For Only $4.99 Through Dec 31

(iOS4 only) For a limited time, you can get a one-year subscription to the Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper App for only $4.99, now through December 31. It’s a sweet way to get Consumer Reports ratings and reviews on-the-go—perfect for when you’re trying to figure out what to exchange gifts for when you’re in the store. The price will bump up to $14.99 after Jan 1, so now’s a great time to give it a shot if you’ve been holding out. [More]

Free iPad Apps To Ease Your Travels

Free iPad Apps To Ease Your Travels

When you’re on the road in unfamiliar surroundings, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little travel elf at your side to point you in the right direction and help you get the most out of your sojourn? If you’ve got an iPad, you own the next best thing to a travel elf, and it won’t even object when you shove it into your suitcase. [More]

Carjacker Gets Tracked Down In 7 Minutes Thanks To Droid App

Carjacker Gets Tracked Down In 7 Minutes Thanks To Droid App

Droid does…justice? A guy who got carjacked was able to track the thief and send cops to surround him in seven minutes, thanks to the Lookout app installed on his Droid left in the car. [More]

Paying With Credit? App Shows You The True Cost

Paying With Credit? App Shows You The True Cost

(Android-only) Inspired by our coverage, Consumerist reader Rick came up with a nifty app to show you the true long-term cost of putting that latte on the credit card. [More]

Google Voice App Finally Hits iPhone

Google Voice App Finally Hits iPhone

After a long and windy road, the Google Voice app is now available on iPhone. You can make international calls for cheap, send free text messages, and have your Google Voice number show up on people’s caller ID’s when you call. No more of that pesky mobile site workaround business. [More]

How About An App That Warns You When Your Ex Is Near?

How About An App That Warns You When Your Ex Is Near?

We have enough fart, funny picture manipulator, and Starcraft build simulator apps. How about something utile for a change? Lost at E Minor has several propositions, including the “ex” radar that tracks your significant ex so you can avoid running into them in person. Of course, this could be use by stalkers to make sure they run into their ex, but let’s not kill the joke with overthinking. [More]