Starz Launches Standalone Streaming Service For $9/Month

Starz Launches Standalone Streaming Service For $9/Month

Starz officially joined the ranks of HBO and Showtime on the standalone streaming service bandwagon less than a year after the company’s CEO said the channel was taking a wait-and-see approach when it came to creating the option.  [More]

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Twitter Shutting Down TweetDeck For Windows App April 15

If you’re a fan of TweetDeck and you happen to use the Windows-based app, it’s time to start saying “goodbye.” Twitter announced today that it will end support for that particular service on April 15.  [More]

Nissan Disables Electric Car App Over Security Flaw That Allows Other Users To Control Vehicle Temps

Nissan Disables Electric Car App Over Security Flaw That Allows Other Users To Control Vehicle Temps

If you own a Nissan Leaf and you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to use the NissanConnect EV app to control your car’s heating and cooling systems, there’s nothing wrong with your car or your phone. Nissan has disabled the app after researchers found a flaw that left the vehicle vulnerable to hackers.  [More]

Volvo Will Sell Cars With Smartphone Keys Starting In 2017

Volvo Will Sell Cars With Smartphone Keys Starting In 2017

Smartphones can do just about anything: open your hotel room door, or unlock your front door. Starting next year, the device will do even more if you’re in the market for a Volvo.  [More]

Facebook Pulls The Plug On Internal App Incubator, Creative Labs, And Three Underused Apps

Facebook Pulls The Plug On Internal App Incubator, Creative Labs, And Three Underused Apps

After two years and probably thousands of ideas from employees on how to attract users via new programs and apps on the site, Facebook is shuttering its Creative Labs feature — and some of the programs that came out of it.  [More]

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Taco Bell Refunds Customer After App Billing Disaster Causes $210 of Overdraft Fees

Diners may choose to use the mobile app from their favorite fast food joint for a number of reasons: to easily customize their meal, to ensure they don’t have to wait in long lines to order, or to get in and out of the joint in a flash. One thing these customers likely don’t count on is having the charges for a month’s worth of app orders cleared on the same day, resulting in an overdrawn bank account through no fault of their own.  [More]

Facebook Bringing 360-Degree Video To iOS Newsfeeds

Facebook Bringing 360-Degree Video To iOS Newsfeeds

While we once wondered why Facebook would spend $2 billion to buy virtual reality company Oculus, we’re starting to get answers. Two months after Facebook said it was working to bring virtual reality to consumers’ phones via newsfeed ads, the social media company unveiled an iOS version.  [More]

NASA Creates App Aimed At Shortening Commercial Flights, Saving Fuel

NASA Creates App Aimed At Shortening Commercial Flights, Saving Fuel

There’s an app for just about everything. And that now includes one created by NASA and aimed at helping commercial airlines shorten flight times and conserve fuel. [More]

Facebook Reportedly Working On A Virtual Reality Video Smartphone App

Facebook Reportedly Working On A Virtual Reality Video Smartphone App

Nearly a year and a half after Facebook paid $2 billion to buy virtual reality company Oculus, the online behemoth is apparently ready to bring some virtual reality technology to its social media platform. [More]

Philadelphia Sues, Fines Uber $300K Over Allegations Of Operating Illegally

Philadelphia Sues, Fines Uber $300K Over Allegations Of Operating Illegally

After 10 months of driving the streets in Philadelphia, Uber now faces a lawsuit and $300,000 fine for providing ride-hailing services in violation of city regulations.   [More]

Uber Updates App To Show The Difference Between Hailing A Ride And Ordering Lunch

Following a bit of consumer confusion related to rolling its ride-hailing and food ordering options into the same app back in June, Uber has finally pushed out an update aiming to ensure people looking for a ride don’t order a sandwich instead. Along with now prominently displaying separate buttons for requesting a ride and ordering via UberEATS, the update includes an expansion of the food delivery service to San Francisco. [More]

The FTC and New Jersey AG's office allege that the makers of the Prized app used the program to infect customers phones with malware for their own use.

App Developer Settles Charges It Hijacked Consumers’ Phones To Mine Virtual Currency

Some reward programs aren’t really rewarding. In fact, some are downright harmful to consumers. That was apparently the case with an Ohio-based smartphone app developer that recently agreed to settle charges that it hijacked consumers’ phones through a seemingly innocuous gaming app. [More]

Target's updated app allows customers to see if items are available at local stores and where to find them inside the store.

Target App Now Tells You If Items Are Available In-Store And Where To Find Them

Have you ever made a shopping list, driven to the store and then realized they were out of certain items? Apparently, Target has an answer to that frustrating experience in the form of an app update that can tell consumers what’s in stock and where to find those items inside the store. [More]

FCC Asks Apple, AT&T To Explain Why They Rejected Google Voice App

FCC Asks Apple, AT&T To Explain Why They Rejected Google Voice App

Apple (and AT&T) may have finally pushed too far with this week’s rejection of the Google Voice App from the iPhone App Store, for no reason other than it “duplicated functionality” already offered—for a price—by AT&T. According to mocoNews, the FCC has asked Apple and AT&T to provide answers about how apps are approved, why they’re denied, and particularly how much say AT&T has over things iPhone-related.

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Here’s an unverified walkthrough of the “I Am Rich” iPhone app. [TUAW]