Posts Tagged ‘Apps’

Beware of Deceptive Apps in Windows Store

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

It turns out that we always need to be on the lookout for scams … even when browsing for apps at the Windows store …

Back in June I mentioned that Windows Store had its fair share of what I called then media player spam. This referred to dozens of media player apps that were designed to confuse and for the most part rip off users of the store. Some used official names, other icons and colors of popular tools, and all cost money to buy.


You Can Now Remove Ads from All Windows 8 Apps

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Tired of being force-fed advertisements every time you open a Windows 8 App? Here’s a trick for getting rid of the ads …

Windows 8 apps can be monetized in different ways. They may require you to pay money up front, use in-app purchases to make money, or display ads instead to you while you are using the applications. The latter is a trade-off between using an application for free while still giving back something to the developer of the application.


Google Independent Adblock Plus for Android Released

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Frustrated by the the fact that Google Play Store has dropped Adblock Plus? Well, here’s a solution …

Less than a week ago Google started to block ad blocker apps from its Play Store. Ad blockers are used for a variety of purposes on mobile devices, including blocking advertisement in apps but also when users browse the Internet using their mobile devices. Popular apps such as Adblock Plus or AdAway were removed over night from the store and developers were informed about the fact by email.  Google let the developers know that their apps were not in line with section 4.4 of the developer distribution agreement that listed prohibited actions.


2 Ways to Block Windows 8 Users from Uninstalling Apps in Metro

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Here are a couple of helpful tricks for admins who will soon need to manage user access on Windows 8 machines …

With apps making the core of the Metro user interface in Windows 8, come new challenges for system administrators, organizations and businesses to control what users are allowed to do, and what they should not do when it comes to these new features.


What is Mobile Augmented Reality For?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Personally, I prefer reality the way it is now … without augmentation.

Overlaying information onto the real world looks cool, but its real value could be as an interface rather than as a killer app


Apple Launches Apps Store for Macintosh Computers

Friday, January 7th, 2011

This seems like a pretty significant development for Mac users …

Tech giant to offer more than 1,000 applications for desktops and laptops in 90 countries

Apple today launched its long-awaited applications store for Macintosh computers, bringing the iPhone and iPad software phenomenon to desktops and laptops.


Word Lens App Translates Before Your Eyes – If You’ve Got a Steady Hand

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

In the past, machine translation programs have left a lot to be desired … let’s hope they got it right this time.

Latest bit of App Store magic gets one up on Google’s efforts, but is it still in ‘proof of concept’ mode?


“One App to Rule Them All” Move by Europe

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

It’s inevitable that some sort of standardization will eventually come to the world of Apps …

A new European project, kick-started by 22 European companies and organizations aims to develop an application development environment that will work across all platforms by providing a web-based approach, according to the BBC.

The move which is backed by €10M in funding, aims to create apps that would work on any device from Internet TVs to smartphones and tablets.


4 Ways Google Can Clean Up the Android Market

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Android Market definitely needs a clean-up … I hope they don’t go too far though.

As far as shopping experiences go, Google’s Android Market is akin to a farmers market, with different wares around every corner and in no particular order. And it’s not much better for developers — Jon Lech Johansen, aka DVD Jon, rightly suggests, “[I]t’s time for Google to clean up the house.” But without exercising a control process around application approval like Apple does — a practice that Apple has been criticized for in the past — Google has to proceed carefully, lest it lose what many feel is a key advantage over Apple: openness.