YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music but won’t kill user uploads

Enlarge / The home screen of the revamped YouTube Music app, running on an iPad. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

Google has confirmed that its revamped YouTube Music streaming service will eventually support key features of its Google Play Music app, including the ability for users to upload music files that may not exist in the service’s streaming catalog.

Google announced an overhaul for YouTube Music last week alongside a price bump for its YouTube Red service. It then began a “soft” rollout of the app for select users on Tuesday.

But the announcement of a revamped YouTube Music app has caused some confusion among those who subscribe to Google Play Music, a streaming music service Google launched in 2011 but has struggled to attract subscribers on the level of category leaders Spotify and Apple Music.

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The revamped Google News app is now available on iPhones and iPads

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Google detailed an overhaul of the Google News app at its I/O developer conference last week, and on Wednesday that redesign officially became available to download on iOS devices. It replaces the previous Google Play Newsstand app.

The new app arrived on Android devices shortly after Google’s initial announcement. Google says the app is available in 127 countries.

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Apple is reportedly pulling apps that share location data

Apple has reportedly started enforcing an App Store rule regarding location data more stringently. According 9to5mac, the tech giant has already removed a number of apps from the Store that share users’ location to third parties without their explicit consent. In the letter it sent to the affected developers, Apple told them their applications didn’t comply with Legal sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of the App Store Review Guidelines. Those sections state that apps must not transmit “user location data to third parties without explicit consent from the user and for unapproved purposes.”

Source: 9to5mac

Lame Google Play apps that attack users with Windows malware is still a thing

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Last year, researchers discovered 132 Android apps in the Google Play market that lamely attempted to infect users with… Windows malware. On Wednesday, researchers with a different security company reported finding 150 more.

The latest batch of apps, like the ones 12 months ago, were spawned from a variety of different developers. The common thread among all the apps: their code was written on programming platforms infected with malware known as Ramnit. Although the Ramnit botnet of 3.2 million computers was dismantled in 2015, infections on local machines live on.

The malware adds malicious iframes to every HTML file stored on an infected computer. Those iframes then got appended to files that were included in the Android apps. Researchers at security firm Zscaler said almost all of the 150 infected apps were detected using common antivirus engines.

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8 productivity apps your iPad will love you for

Apple’s iPads are becoming powerful productivity tools, enabling us to do more and more things we used to need a computer to achieve on mobile devices we can take anywhere.

I put together this short list of some of the best productivity apps that every iPad user should think about installing.

iPad gets more like a computer

Microsoft’s apps just became even more effective on an iPad

Microsoft Office

The suite that defines enterprise productivity is also available for iOS. Do you use Office on your Mac? If you do, it’s likely you already subscribe to some flavour of Office 365, and this allows you to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint on your iPad, and provides you with 1TB of free OneDrive storage.

Microsoft recently published an excellent update to the suite, introducing support for drag-&-drop on iPad and Files in iOS 11, and much improved document collaboration. This makes Office an even more invaluable iPad companion,

The office anywhere
Check what's changed
Zip on iPad

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Alienware revamps its Command Center app with a centralized game hub

Enlarge / The revamped Alienware Command Center’s home screen, with its game library on the right. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

Another quick update out of CES: Gaming PC maker Alienware is refreshing the Command Center software that comes paired with its line of notebooks and desktops. The overhauled settings app will first arrive in February on a slightly updated version of the company’s Area 51 desktop, which loses a front USB port, adds a couple more fans and U.2 SSD support, and supports a wider breadth of LED colors on its chassis. The software will then come pre-installed on new Alienware devices going forward. Unfortunately, it won’t be available for the Dell subsidiary’s existing machines.

Apple will allow apps built from templates

Apple has revised its App Store guidelines to allow apps built using templates and other app-generation services. The decision — a one-eighty on its previous policy that banned such apps in the name of preserving quality — is supposed to make it easier for small businesses and non-profits to offer their own apps without the expense or expertise of building their own. But it’s Apple, so there are of course some caveats.

Via: Techcrunch

Source: Apple

Microsoft is forcing users to install a critically flawed password manager

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Microsoft is quietly forcing some Windows 10 computers to install a password manager that contains a critical vulnerability disclosed 16 months ago that allows websites to steal passwords, a researcher said Friday.

Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy said in a blog post that the Keeper Password Manager came pre-installed on a newly built Windows 10 system derived directly from the Microsoft Developer Network. When he tested the unwanted app, he soon found it contained a critical flaw he had found in August 2016 in the non-bundled version of Keeper. The bug, he said, represents “a complete compromise of Keeper security, allowing any website to steal any password.”

With only basic changes to “selectors,” the old proof-of-concept exploit worked on the version installed without notice or permission on his Windows 10 system. Ormandy’s post linked to this publicly available proof-of-concept exploit, which steals an end

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Apple turns on app preorders in App Store

Enlarge / iOS 11, which will ship with the iPhone 8, has a renovated app store.

Apps are just as highly anticipated as other forms of entertainment now, and Apple’s newest update to its app stores let customers call dibs on their favorites before they’re even released. An update to the iTunes Connect resources page states that developers can now open up their apps for preorder on all Apple platforms before the program is officially released. This allows developers to see the product page before anyone can download the app, and customers can tap a new “Pre-Order” button to secure their download before it becomes available on the designated release date.

Developers can choose never-before-published apps from their My Apps page to make available for preorder. They must choose an official release date before the preorder page goes live, and that date must be at least two days, but no

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You can now pre-order apps for Apple devices

Apple has launched a simple new feature that makes it even easier to get the apps you’ve been waiting for. The company announced a new pre-order function that lets developers make their future releases available on the App Store up to 90 days in the future and have them automatically download to devices when they launch.

Source: Apple

Mac and iOS Drone Apps to Get You Flying

Image via DJI.com

(Image via DJI.com.)

Drones — those remotely-piloted multi-rotor “copters” or airplanes that usually carry a camera — are becoming more and more popular, so there may be a good chance that you either have one or are thinking about buying one for the upcoming holidays. Whether you’re flying for pleasure or you’ve decided to take on a new job as a commercial drone pilot with an FAA Part 107 certificate, there are a number of apps available to Apple users to help you get in the air and hone your skills when you’re not flying.


Mac Apps:

There are a lot of iOS apps for potential and existing drone pilots, but we’ll start off with some notable Mac apps.

Zephyr Sim provides realistic drone flight conditions including weather

(Zephyr Sim for Mac provides realistic drone flight conditions including weather.)

Zephyr Drone Simulator
Want to build and maintain flying skills without crashing an expensive drone? Zephyr Drone Simulator is

Learn to understand the fast-paced jargon of pilots and controllers with LiveATC
Green = Go! UAV Forecast gives a complete weather briefing at a glance.
For automating aerial mapping, DroneDeploy is the way to go

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Apple and Google ditch shady trading apps with Australia’s help

It’s no secret that Google and even Apple have an abundance of sketchy applications on their app stores. Some of those called binary options trading apps have alarmed the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) so much that it helped the tech titans remove over 330 of them. According to Bloomberg, the regulator staged an intervention after getting numerous cases of fraud filed against the apps’ operators, who turned out to be unlicensed. ASIC said it managed to get Apple to remove the fraudulent apps from its stores worldwide, but it didn’t specify whether Google deleted them from the Australian store only.

Source: Bloomberg, ASIC

Apple and Google ditch shady trading apps with Australia’s help

It’s no secret that Google and even Apple have an abundance of sketchy applications on their app stores. Some of those called binary options trading apps have alarmed the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) so much that it helped the tech titans remove over 330 of them. According to Bloomberg, the regulator staged an intervention after getting numerous cases of fraud filed against the apps’ operators, who turned out to be unlicensed. ASIC said it managed to get Apple to remove the fraudulent apps from its stores worldwide, but it didn’t specify whether Google deleted them from the Australian store only.

Source: Bloomberg, ASIC

Apple and Google ditch shady trading apps with Australia’s help

It’s no secret that Google and even Apple have an abundance of sketchy applications on their app stores. Some of those called binary options trading apps have alarmed the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) so much that it helped the tech titans remove over 330 of them. According to Bloomberg, the regulator staged an intervention after getting numerous cases of fraud filed against the apps’ operators, who turned out to be unlicensed. ASIC said it managed to get Apple to remove the fraudulent apps from its stores worldwide, but it didn’t specify whether Google deleted them from the Australian store only.

Source: Bloomberg, ASIC

Apple and Google ditch shady trading apps with Australia’s help

It’s no secret that Google and even Apple have an abundance of sketchy applications on their app stores. Some of those called binary options trading apps have alarmed the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) so much that it helped the tech titans remove over 330 of them. According to Bloomberg, the regulator staged an intervention after getting numerous cases of fraud filed against the apps’ operators, who turned out to be unlicensed. ASIC said it managed to get Apple to remove the fraudulent apps from its stores worldwide, but it didn’t specify whether Google deleted them from the Australian store only.

Source: Bloomberg, ASIC

Apple and Google ditch shady trading apps with Australia’s help

It’s no secret that Google and even Apple have an abundance of sketchy applications on their app stores. Some of those called binary options trading apps have alarmed the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) so much that it helped the tech titans remove over 330 of them. According to Bloomberg, the regulator staged an intervention after getting numerous cases of fraud filed against the apps’ operators, who turned out to be unlicensed. ASIC said it managed to get Apple to remove the fraudulent apps from its stores worldwide, but it didn’t specify whether Google deleted them from the Australian store only.

Source: Bloomberg, ASIC

Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’: lousy TV, good for developers

Ashley D’Arcy always dreamed of being on a reality TV show. But her job as a creative director for a chatbot doesn’t frequently put her in front of a camera. D’Arcy’s dream was realized, however, when she and dozens of other app makers were thrown into the spotlight on Apple’s first original TV series, Planet of the Apps (POTA). It’s been widely (and accurately) described as a cross between Shark Tank and The Voice, and it’s a tepid take on the high-stakes world of… app funding.