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  1. Poster's note... this article is a 32 page slideshow. To prevent me wearing out my copy/paste keys and fingers, only the front page text is shown below. The source links to the first page, use its Prev and Next buttons to navigate the article. Top 30 free apps for Windows 10 With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience. So why not make the most of your transition by reconsidering your old app habits and getting Win10 tools that will help you work smarter, faster, and more productively? We’ve seen a lot of changes in the past year, with both Win10 and the apps that go along with it. Some old faces have faded due to neglect and lethargy, but several new top-notch apps have appeared in their places. Old friends like Ninite have picked up new tricks. There’s even a Universal Windows Program app—a Notepad replacement—that hit the top 30 list. Works like a-ringin’ a bell. This list of top 30 apps covers Windows 10 programs that everybody needs. Whether you’re a grizzled Windows victim or a faltering Windows ingénue, these programs should be at the top of your list. Source: Top 30 free apps for Windows 10 (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  2. Used An iPhone And Social Media Pre-2013? You May Be Due A Tiny Payout Twitter, Instagram, and others are stumping up $5.3m to settle a privacy suit with implications for those who used social-media apps on an iPhone in 2012 or earlier. Given the millions who downloaded the social-media apps in question, it's likely the settlement will result in a very small payment for each individual. Eight social-media firms, including Twitter and Instagram, have agreed to pay $5.3m to settle a lawsuit over their use of Apple's Find Friends feature in iOS. The main problem that complainants had with the accused firms was that their apps, which used Apple's Find Friends, didn't tell users that their contact lists would be uploaded to company servers. The lawsuit alleged the privacy incursions occurred between 2009 and 2012, the year the class action suit began. Instagram, Foursquare, Kik, Gowalla, Foodspotting, Yelp, Twitter, and Path have agreed to pay in to the settlement fund, which will be distributed to affected users via Amazon.com, according to Venture Beat. Yelp had previously argued it was necessary to store user contact lists to enable the Find Friends feature, which consumers understood would occur in the context of using a mobile app. However, US District Judge Jon Tigar countered that the key question was whether Apple and app developers "violated community norms of privacy" by exceeding what people reasonably believe they consented to. "A 'reasonable' expectation of privacy is an objective entitlement founded on broadly based and widely accepted community norms," said Tigar. If the judge approves the settlement, Apple and LinkedIn would be the only remaining defendants among 18 firms originally accused of the privacy violation. Given the millions of people who downloaded these apps, it's likely the settlement will result in a very small payment for each individual. However, people who took part in the class action suit could receive up to $15,000 each. Source
  3. Google had recently announced that it will allow the app developers who have placed their paid apps for sale on the Google Play store to host a free sale on their app as a part of a promotional activity for a limited period of time. This means that you could actually get the app you have got your eyes on for some time for free, no strings attached. As awesome as this offer sounds, unfortunately, an app could go on a free sale only for a limited period of time, and it is next to impossible to exactly find and download such apps among the myriad of apps available in the Google Play store. To make things easier and to quickly download the free apps within the limited time, a developer has come forward and put together a nifty app which lets you know through notifications instantly whenever a paid app goes on a sale on the play store. This means that you will never miss a chance to grab your download of that app which you thought was awesome but didn't have the money to purchase it. This app notifies you about all kinds of apps in the play store whether they are from a large developer of from a newbie and it also includes games. All you have to do to get your hands on is to follow the below steps. Step 1: Download the Free App Notify app from the Google Play store. Step 2: Open the app, and that's it you can now find the list of all apps in the play store that went on a free sale recently. You can also search to see whether your favorite paid app is on sale yet. Step 3: You just have to wait now till the app notifies you about the next app or game that goes on a free sale. Article source
  4. Google Play Store Starts Offering a Free Android App Every Week The first free app is Car Wars-Adventure Time Sadly, it’s only available in the US for now, but we expect Google to offer the new section globally soon enough. The first free app is Card Wars – Adventure Time, a game based on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time show. The app normally costs $2.99, but Google is offering it for free for a limited time. The game is also available on iOS for the price of $3.99. This isn’t the first time that Google offered such a deal. Back in 2015, the tech giant ran a similar weekly promotion, but later decided against it. Google Play Store runs a similar promotion like App Store Google isn’t the only app store to offer free applications each week. Apple has been running a similar promotion in its App Store, providing iOS users with access to a “Free iOS app of the week” without requiring them to pay. This week’s free iOS app is a video camera and editing app called Musemage, which normally costs $3.99, but users don’t have to pay for it if they download the app this week. Apple offers both productivity and game apps for free each week, and we expect Google to adopt a similar move. Truth be told, the Play Store has lots of free applications and alternatives to paid apps that users can check out, but this is mostly applicable for productivity offerings. When it comes to paid games, there weren't any alternatives to those who don’t wish to use their credit cards when downloading apps. Google recently introduced a new feature that allows developers to run sales on their paid apps or make them available for free for a limited time. Moreover, the tech giant introduced playable ads for Android games and Play Store updates. Source
  5. In this article, I have compiled a list of 5 free Sound meter Android apps to measure environmental noise. These Android apps will measure the noise around you and display a real-time graph of the noise level readings. These apps will tell you the current noise level and other stats like peak noise, minimum, and average noise levels. Some of the apps can even show the current noise levels in the Android notification area. This allows you to quickly check noise levels any time you want. However, these noise meter apps can’t measure higher noise levels due to the limitations of devices. Some of the noise meter apps also let you measure the light intensity. Sound Meter by Smart Tools: Sound Meter is a free Android app to measure noise from your surrounding environment. It uses the microphone in your device to measure noise around you in decibels. A real-time graph of the noise level is also plotted by the app and you can also get to know the smallest, average, and the highest noise level value. The best part is that you can pause the noise recordings and even reset it. It also keeps the phone screen on while monitoring noise around you. Do note that it can’t measure the high noise levels due to the limitations of devices. However, it can be used perfectly to monitor noise levels in homes, traffic, or in a library, etc. In addition to this, it also gives you the option to capture the screenshot of the app with just a tap on the Camera button. The pro version of the app also allows you to log the recorded noise levels to a CSV file. Read Sound Meter detailed review. Noise Meter: Noise Meter is another free Android sound meter app to log environmental noise. It updates the noise levels in the real-time and shows you the peak, mean, and minimum noise levels in decibels. This app gives you the option to choose whether you want to keep the screen on while measuring noise level readings, hide the status bar, and see the peak, max, and min noise levels. Another good aspect of this app is that it supports multiple languages like Arabic, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, etc. In addition to noise, you can also measure light intensity in lux. In order to measure light intensity, open the app preferences and then Input>>Input type>>Light. After that, you can see the real-time measure of light intensity on its main interface. Another exciting feature of this sound meter app is that you can run the measurement process in the background and change its update frequency from 0.5 sec to 10 minutes. Sound Meter by Abc Apps: Sound Meter by Abc Apps is a free Android app to measure sound pressure levels of your surroundings. Just like other noise meter apps on my list, it shows a real-time gauge of the noise levels. It also calculates the minimum, maximum, and average noise level while measuring noise from the environment. It also plots a real-time graph of the noise level readings. In addition to this, you can also pause and reset noise measuring process. You can also choose to keep the screen on while recording noise levels. Check it out from the link above. Sound Analyzer App: Sound Analyzer App is another Android app to test noise levels. It is quite an advanced Android noise meter app as it shows various other sound parameters as well which I am not quite aware of. So, any person with expertise in sound analyzing can take the best out of this app. As per our intentions. we just need to measure the noise level from our surroundinds which this app can do effortlessly in the real-time. Just like most of the other apps, it shows a real-time graph of the noise levels and also the peak and minimum sound level. In addition to this, you can also pause, resume, and reset the noise measurement process with this app. Deciber: Deciber is the last Android app on my list to measure environmental noise levels. An Interesting feature of Deciber is that it uses the camera of your phone to display the photo of your surroundings in the app interface. You can then take a screenshot which will capture the noisy thing or any noisy environment with the sound pressure level. After that, you can share the captured screenshot to anyone to prove that you were in a noisy environment or so. It measures the noise in decibels and frequency in hertz and also it updates the noise readings in real-time. Read the detailed review of Deciber. Verdict: In this article, I introduced you to 5 free Android apps to measure noise levels. So, if you want to check out the current noise level in your surroundings, then these apps will show you a real-time update of it. All the apps are quite similar as they show a real-time noise level and update it every few seconds but some apps provide some additional features like measuring light intensity, change the update frequency, measure noise levels in the background, and many others. Article source
  6. Microsoft is testing a new feature that offers the option of preventing non-Windows 10 Store apps being installed. Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows 10 Creators Update will include a new option to only permit apps to install if they're from the Windows Store. The latest preview of Windows 10 gives users the option to prevent classic Win32 apps, which aren't available in the Windows 10 Store, from installing on a device. This measure could provide a significant defense against bloatware and malware both for consumers and the enterprise. The new restriction was first spotted by programmer Viktor Mikaelson, and reported by MSPoweruser. It will arrive in the Creators Update, expected in April. The feature offers Windows 10 users something similar to Apple's macOS Gatekeeper, which warns users when they attempt to install an app from outside the Mac App Store. It's also similar to Google's Android setting to only allow apps to install from Google Play. In Apps & features settings, users will be able to control where apps can be installed from by choosing between 'Allow apps from anywhere', 'Prefer apps from the Store, but allow from anywhere', or a strict 'Allow apps from the Store only'. If installs are limited to the store, a dialog box will state: 'You can only install apps from the Windows Store. Limiting installations to apps from the Store helps to keep your PC safe and reliable'. The more relaxed 'Prefer apps for the Store' option will also display a dialog box warning users if they install an app from outside the Store but will allow them to proceed anyway. This feature could be a helpful way for enterprise admins to protect users from installing malware on corporate devices. As Bleeping Computer notes, since the strict setting only prevents installation of Win32 apps, sysadmins could still install approved Win32 apps and then apply the filter. It could also offer developers of Win32 apps a greater incentive to update their apps to the Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, Microsoft's framework for apps to run on all Windows 10 devices, including PCs, Xbox One, HoloLens, and phones. While Windows 10 still does support Win32 apps, Microsoft only allows UWP apps to be distributed through the Microsoft Store. Microsoft last year released its Desktop Converter tool to help convert some of the 16 million Win32 and .NET apps to UWP, so that they can join the Windows Store. In its latest appeal for developers to use UWP, Microsoft execs said it was the best way to reach its 400 million Windows 10 users. By Liam Tung @ ZDNet http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-to-permit-block-on-apps-installing-if-theyre-not-from-microsoft-store/
  7. Why it matters to you The Google Play Store will soon be much easier to search through -- and potentially much safer to use. The Google Play Store could shortly be a whole lot smaller. Google has been sending notices out to developers around the world saying that it will soon “limit visibility” or even totally remove apps from the Play Store that violate Google’s User Data Policy. So why are so many developers getting the notice? Well, most of them seem to have one issue in common: the lack of a privacy policy. According to Google’s User Data Policy, developers have to submit a valid privacy policy, especially when that app handles sensitive information. Those developers will now have to submit a valid privacy policy both on the Google Play Store listing and within the app. “Google Play requires developers to provide a valid privacy policy when the app requests or handles sensitive user or device information,” says the notice, according to a report from VentureBeat. “Your app requests sensitive permissions (e.g. camera, microphone, accounts, contacts, or phone) or user data, but does not include a valid privacy policy.” Even though the move may get rid of a ton of apps, it could wind up making the Play Store more useful. There are thousands upon thousands of so-called “zombie apps” that have been around for years without being updated, and many of those have been rendered useless by newer versions of Android. Not only that, but an overly crowded Play Store often makes it hard to find what you’re looking for. It won’t just be zombie apps that get removed — some developers might not be motivated to include a privacy policy for badly performing apps, so many of those apps will likely disappear as well. Still, it’ll be a while before anything changes on the Play Store — Google has given developers until March 15 to add the privacy policy, so it will be at least a month before we see a cleaner store. Article source
  8. Try These Cool Android Smartphone Hacks And Get The Best Out Of Your Mobile Here are some of the best Android smartphone hacking Apps Android is undoubtedly the world’s most popular mobile operating system. With over 1.5+ billion plus users, Android is way ahead of iOS. Similarly, in Apps space, Android hacking apps are also increasing. Many of these hacking Apps are meant for pros but some can become useful to you also. With such hacking Apps, you can remove unnecessary bloatware utilizing most of the internal storage memory. While other times, such hacking App may help you remove irritating ads or allow you to access blocked system Apps. We bring you such hacking Apps which let you get the best out of your Android smartphone. Remember most of these Apps require a rooted smartphone to try them out. INCREASE RAM Root your phone. Download ROEHSOFT RAM EXPANDER from Google Play Store. Convert desired amount of SD card space into system swap RAM. This will make apps perform better when you have lot of storage area in your SD card. Wi-Fi WPS/WPA TESTER Download WIFI PS/WPA Tester App from Google Play Store. It let’s you analyze your WiFi security and others in the vicinity and attempts to hack their password It only hacks WPS enabled WiFi networks. REMOVE UNWANTED SYSTEM APPS OR BLOATWARE Root your android phone and Download sSystem app remover (ROOT) from Google Play Store. Remove many unwanted inbuilt Apps which you don’t think are necessary from internal storage of your Android phone.\ HACKING HUB Download the app Linux Deploy from Google Play Store. This installs Linux Operating system on your Android phone. Then use use Aircrack and other hacking Apps on your phone to hack WiFi and website passwords. FREE STUFF Root your phone Download and install BusyBox App from Google Play Store. Install modded Play Store from Lucky Patcher. With Lucky Patcher App you hack in-App purchases and get free stuff or game coins ACCESS BLOCKED CONTENT Download CyberGhost App from Google Play Store. Use it to connect to a VPN of a country of your choice. Now you can download apps from Google Play Store which are blocked in your country and also use websites like torrent websites blocked in your country. BATTERY LIFE Root your phone Download Greenify App from Google Play Store Hibernate many user and system apps. Greenify allows you to hibernate apps that won’t use battery and memory in background. So, you can save battery life and RAM. BUILD PROP EDITING Most of the Android smartphones out promise you 8MP images but in fact deliver only 6MP picture quality on 8MP camera. If you are facing a similar issue, you can solve it using this hack. This also requires a rooted smartphone. Download BuildProp Editor App from Google Play Store. Goto –>add entry Ro.ril.max.jpeg.quality. And set it’s value to 100 so it looks like Ro.ril.max.jpeg.quality = 100 Once done, your 8MP smartphone camera will deliver you 8MP images TUBEMOTE Download Tubemote from Google Play Store. Now you can download any and all online videos, not just from YouTube but any website in your desired resolution and quality at high speeds. You can also download just mp3 or m4a sound files from videos. ANDROID ID CHANGER Root your phone. Download Android Device ID Changer App from Google Play Store. Change your Android ID, which apps use to identify you and restart the phone. Your Android smartphone has a new Android ID. DRIVEDROID Download Drivedroid App from Google Play Store. Once installed, open the App and download LINUX.iso file from the dropdown menu. Burn this image on your phone and use it as CD or USB drive to boot your PC. KABOOM THE SELF DESTRUCTING APP Download and install Kaboom App from Google Playstore This App lets you control the photos and messages you post online. You can use this App to make the images and posts disappear at a set time. FAKE LOCATION Download Fake Location GPS App from Google Play Store Go to —> Settings Tap on Build Number 7 times to unlock Developer Options. Enable Mock Locations. Open Fake Location GPS app and set your location to any place in the world you wish. Source
  9. You Can Now Package Your Apps as Snaps without Bundling Their Dependencies Resulting Snaps should be significantly smaller This is possible now because the latest ubuntu-app-platform snap build incorporates the standard Qt 5 libraries, the QML (Qt Meta Language) runtime, the Ubuntu UI (User Interface) toolkit, and their dependencies. The Oxide web engine library based on Chromium and related QML bindings is also bundled in the ubuntu-app-platform snap, so the new Snaps should now be significantly smaller. "This allows app developers to declare a dependency on this snap through the content sharing mechanism, thus reducing dramatically the size of the resulting app snaps," explains the developer. "I went through the exercise with the webbrowser-app snap. This proved surprisingly easy and the size of the snap (amd64 architecture) went down from 136MB to 22MB, a sizeable saving!" Snapcraft will soon be updated to support the new changes At the moment of writing this article, the Snapcraft Snap creator utility does not support the changes made to the ubuntu-app-platform snap, so it will still crawl for dependencies when attempting to package your apps as Snaps. An updated Snapcraft version will soon be made available for supported Ubuntu platforms. Also, if your app depends on a specific Qt module, you'll need to add it to the build. For those interested in more details, we recommend to check out actual changes made to the snapcraft.yaml file, as well as the temporary workaround that lets you use Snapcraft with the latest ubuntu-app-platform snap. All these changes lay the groundwork for next step in the massive adoption of Snaps as the universal package format for Linux-based operating systems. Source
  10. More than half of the top 60 Android shopping apps collect users’ personal information through trackers, a new study finds. The result is from a privacy risk assessment on Opera Max, a leading data management and data savings app for Android. The 60 most popular shopping apps were reviewed using privacy mode on this app. Another research shows that personal information such as user’s name, email address, locations, search terms and phone number are shared with third parties through trackers. The study also shows that as many as 96% of the shopping apps did not use full encryption to connect the apps to their servers. This poses privacy risks to mobile shoppers when they are using these apps. Personal data can be shared with third parties through trackers on shopping apps or unencrypted http connections over mobile carrier connections. Sensitive data such as bank account numbers and other financial information, which are stored in online retailer accounts or shopping apps, can be intercepted and read by identity thieves via public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks. “Most people would not reveal their credit card details or full name to employees of a physical store where they live when shopping and browsing for products. But, on mobile apps people are not aware that this kind of information can be shared,” says Sergey Lossev, Head of Product, Opera Max. “That is why we have implemented privacy mode in Opera Max. We want to educate our users by revealing which apps are sharing your data through trackers without your permission.” New Opera Max enhances Android users’ privacy Today, Opera Max brings its new privacy mode feature to all users. It offers real-time alerts on the privacy mode timeline so that users can easily see which apps are sending high-risk requests, thus putting their privacy at risk. Once Opera Max’s privacy mode is activated, it also encrypts virtually all app data traffic and blocks almost all types of data trackers to ensure users can shop with peace of mind. “Once you know how many trackers and unsecured connection requests your apps have sent out, you may want to ensure all your app traffic is protected and encrypted by Opera Max. You can then protect your privacy when shopping. Just take a look at what your apps are doing and decide for yourself,” adds Lossev. Learn more about Opera Max’s privacy mode by visiting our developer blog post. About the shopping privacy assessment These results are from a test we have done on the 60 most popular shopping apps in ten countries, including Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom and Vietnam. We tested them on Wi-Fi networks and made at least 100 requests within each app by browsing random products. Then we recorded the result based on what was shown on the timeline of Opera Max’s privacy mode. *This article was first released on our press site on www.operasoftware.com. **Update on Nov 3 2016: We took out the names of top 60 shopping apps we tested to avoid confusion or misunderstanding. Article source
  11. The company starts the app cleaning process in the Store This is the new Windows 10 Store Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would be removing apps that do not comply with age rating policies from the Windows Store, and according to a new report, the company has already started the cleaning process by pulling no less than 100,000 apps. Specifically, Microsoft warned developers that they needed to submit age ratings for their apps in order to “improve the Store experience for customers,” setting a deadline of September 30 in order to comply with this requirement. But as it turns out, the majority of developers who were targeted by this policy update actually failed to submit age ratings for their apps, which led to an en-mass removal from the Windows Store. 100,000 apps already removed WBI writes that no less than 100,000 apps were pulled from the Store as part of this cleaning process, but what’s important to note is that Microsoft is yet to confirm this figure. But if it’s true, it could signal another issue that the software giant might be having, as in addition to the actual lack of apps, developers who invested in the platform show only small interest in their apps. “As part of our continuing efforts to improve the Store experience for customers, we’re bringing enforcement of the Windows Store age rating policy to published apps that are not yet rated by using the new Dev Center age rating questionnaire. We’ve identified one of more of your apps as not having a rating based on the questionnaire,” Microsoft told developers in emails sent this summer. At this point, the number of apps available in the Store is said to be somewhere around 239,000, down from more than 329,000 in September, according to the same source. We’ve contacted Microsoft to find out if these figures are accurate or not and will update the article should we receive a statement. However, there’s a good chance this is true given the fact that the company already announced this app cleaning process. Article source
  12. What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For? If you could magically, instantly, create any sort of app for the Linux desktop right now, what would it be? This question has been tumbling around my brain all weekend thanks to some new (totally spammy) comments being left on an article of mine from 2013 — an article in which I decried the lack of “simple, purposeful” Linux desktop apps. Now, don’t misunderstand my intention in asking you what you’d create if you could. I am not saying Linux has an app gap. I am not implying that open-source suffers from any sort of major software malaise. Those of us who use Linux full time know that we’re not short of drop-in replacements for a broad range of well-known software types. GIMP is, for most of us, every bit as capable as Adobe Photoshop; Kdenlive, Blender and Lightworks all cater to different types of Linux-based video editors; and between Geary, Nylas N1, Evolution, Thunderbird, Sylpheed, K9, there’s barely any e-mail need left uncatered for. No, I’m asking more about tools that fill a specific need in a specific way. “App” apps if you will. What sort of app do you find yourself searching for only to come up empty? LINUX Y U NO MEME APP? There are apps on my phone I can’t wait to use on the desktop I used to really, really long for a desktop meme-maker. Why? App envy. I subscribe to many awesome sites, like Lifehacker, that spotlight awesome apps. I used to see really nifty meme generators that were Windows and Mac OS X only. I really wanted someone to create a simple GTK+ app that could let me hammer out impact bold witticisms over a well established meme template, and let me quickly upload my creations to sites like imgur, in-app. I’ve since outgrown that desire. A desktop meme maker would be overkill now that many competent online tools exist for the job. But I feel the point I was making still (somewhat) stands: there are apps that I love using on mobile platforms for which a decent, comparable alternative on the Linux desktop is (currently) missing. Hope for the future There’s reason to be hopeful. Though I’d wager that native app development for Ubuntu on Phones and Tablets is far scarcer than it should be, the lure of Convergence is poised to bring apps like Dekko, Music and Calendar to the Ubuntu desktop. One of my favorite Ubuntu Touch apps is Pockit, an offline-equipped Pocket reader, one I’d dearly love to see make the transition (Pocket offer a native desktop app for OS X). Snaps will also offer app makers a really clean, sane way to distribute software free of the usual packaging hurdles and distribution headaches. Back to the question, and over to you But back to the question: If you could make any sort of native app for your Linux desktop what would it be? Share your app ideas, inspirations, rants, wants, mockups, etc. in the comments section of source article and please do mention in the comments section below. To keep this a realistic discussion — app developers be lurking — let’s avoid the usual clamour for Adobe products and focus on more general themes, such as “a photo manager comparable to iPhoto”, “a native GTK+ Pocket app” , “an e-mail client that handles Exchange”, etc. Source
  13. Microsoft revealed a program called Desktop Bridge this year that it designed to make the conversion of desktop programs to Windows Store apps easier. Basically, what the app does is convert the Windows program to an UWP application. In best case, and if no add-on UWP features are required, that is all there is to it. Companies and developers may add Universal Windows Platform features to the converted program after the initial conversion. Depending on a program's complexity, they may also need to spend additional time getting it ready before release. Microsoft announced yesterday that the first batch of converted desktop programs is now available on Windows Store. From a user's point of view, all that is required is that the Anniversary Update is installed. If that is the case, converted desktop programs can be installed on the machine. The first converted apps that arrived in store include Evernote, Arduino IDE, doubleTwist, PhotoScape, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, Virtual Robotics Kit, Relab, SQL Pro, Voya Media, Predicted Desire and korAccount. The company notes that these apps are already available in Windows Store, or will be over the course of the next couple of days. Microsoft created a dedicated start page on its site for those applications that you can check out here. Evernote, the converted desktop version of the popular note taking service, is already available in store. What is the advantage of converting desktop programs to UWP? It needs to be noted that desktop programs remain available, and that UWP versions of those programs are added as another option to get those apps. First benefit for companies and developers is that they may get more eyes on their programs. Since these programs become available in Windows Store, users who may have never stumbled upon a program may discover it. This may be especially true for the beginning days, as Windows Store is quite limited in regards to apps. It would probably be a lot harder to gain good exposure on Google Play or iTunes. The second benefit is that developers may tack Windows 10 specific features to their apps with little code. They may add live tiles, use notifications, or integrate Cortana. Users may benefit as well. First, Windows Store is a controlled environment when it comes to what is being made available. While there is no 100% guarantee that you will never download a malicious app from the Store, chance of that happening is much smaller than on the World Wide Web. Also, users who like Windows 10 features such as tiles or Cortana, may find the app version more attractive because of that if it supports those features. One limitation currently is that you may run these converted apps only on PCs and not on phones or Xbox One. Microsoft hopes however that companies and developers will migrate the app eventually so that it reaches all device types running Windows 10. Concerns One concern that users may have is that companies or developers may stop developing the desktop program once their converted application lands in Windows Store. This would limit the availability of new versions to Windows 10 devices and shut out older versions of Windows from getting them. Another concern is that Microsoft gets greater control over the software ecosystem if the Store becomes the primary source for application and game downloads. Article source
  14. Microsoft started to push out Windows 10 Build 14926 earlier today to the cutting edge Insider Channel. The new release is mostly a bug fix release as it fixes several issues that users of Windows 10 may experience when they work on devices that run the operating system. This includes a crash fix in Adobe Acrobat Reader, a crash fix when Settings > Personalization is opened, or improved scaling for full screen games. The changelog that Microsoft released lists one fix in particular that is going to please a good chunk of users of Windows 10. Microsoft files this under "improving the PC upgrade experience". If you have removed apps before on Windows 10, you may have noticed that some of them come back after you perform an upgrade of the operating system, for instance to August's Anniversary Update. Not all users experienced these issues, but Windows Insiders suffered from the issue more than others, as their systems were updated more frequently. So, if you are tired of seeing Candy Crush make a comeback each time you upgrade Windows 10, then you will be pleased that this won't be the case anymore once Build 14926 is installed on the device. Microsoft notes that this is true for all apps Windows 10 ships with. If you remove the Mail app, it won't be reinstalled when you upgrade to a new build. Starting with Build 14926, when your PC updates it will check for apps that have been uninstalled, and it will preserve that state once the update has completed. This means if you uninstall any of the apps included in Wistarting with Build 14926, when your PC updates it will check for apps that have been uninstalled, and it will preserve that state once the update has completed. This means if you uninstall any of the apps included in Windows 10 such as the Mail app or Maps app, they will not get reinstalled after you update to a newer build going forward. It will take a while before the fix lands in stable versions of the operating systems. It seems likely that the fix won't be pushed out before the next feature upgrade is made available. Microsoft mentioned that it plans to release two feature updates in 2017, but has not yet provided any other information on what it has planned. It seems likely that users will experience the reinstallation issue one last time when the first feature update gets released. That's true only however if Microsoft does not release the fix before it pushes out the next feature update for Windows 10. Article source
  15. YouTube universal app imagined by skilled designer YouTube app concept on Windows 10 Users in the Windows ecosystem certainly know that right now, Google has no app on Windows 10 or Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile, aside from Search, which is basically useless. And despite the fact that YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps would certainly be very successful apps on Windows devices, Google still has no intention to invest in Microsoft’s modern platforms, leaving users on Windows 10 and Windows phones with no other option than to search for alternatives. At this point, there are several worthy alternatives to YouTube on Windows 10, but it goes without saying that an official client would still be super compelling for everyone on the platform. And designer Jei Dawnn is envisioning in his latest concept what an official YouTube app for Windows 10 would look like with support for both desktop and smartphones powered by the new OS. Featuring Microsoft’s own design language As you can see for yourselves by opening the photo gallery at the end of the article, the YouTube for Windows 10 Universal App concept follows Microsoft’s own design language requirements and comes in line with the other apps that are currently available on Windows 10. It boasts a hamburger icon that hides all the other menu options and lets you access videos on YouTube, log in with your account, access your playlists, upload videos, save and share clips, and pretty much everything you can do on YouTube right now. The design simply makes sense and is just another proof that Google can easily create a YouTube client for Windows 10. And if the search giant ever decides to do this, it should hire this guy to at least give them a few ideas on how exactly the app should look and feel on Windows 10. Unfortunately, hell will freeze over when Google decides to launch apps on Windows 10 and Windows Phone, so users on these platforms can safely continue with their alternatives because nothing’s likely to change in the coming months. Article source / more 17 images here
  16. Since the past few months, Microsoft has been cautioning developers to update their apps with new Windows Store age ratings or risk having them removed by the end of this month. However, another process the company hasn't been publicizing is the fact that it has started cleaning up the Windows Store in an effort to remove low quality apps - similar to what Apple announced yesterday. Since the past couple of days, the company has been sending out emails to various developers, informing them that their apps have been unpublished from the Windows Store due to poor quality. In its latest review of the Store, Microsoft is evaluating if the published apps are good enough to be listed in the Windows Store. This includes publicly available apps as well as private beta apps. Additionally, Microsoft is also asking developers to delete any promotional campaigns for their apps to prevent advertising charges. Similarly, app name reservations are also being nullified; which means that if your app is unpublished, there's no guarantee that you'll be able to republish it under the same name. The company states that affected apps have been unpublished because of failure to comply with the following app quality policies: General policies: Your app must have distinct and informative metadata. Your app must provide a valuable and quality user experience. Specific criteria that might apply to your app: Make sure the title doesn’t use a name similar to another app or service. Use an app title that is distinctive and readable. Use an icon that uniquely identifies the app, so it's easy to distinguish from other apps. Provide a description that’s clear, appropriately concise and easy to understand. Use a description that gives customers enough information about your app to understand what it does. Make sure the description is accurate about the features and functionality in your app. Choose screenshots that give customers useful information about what your app does and highlight key features. Make sure your screenshots accurately illustrate the features and content in the app. Provide a valuable app experience for customers. In a crowded segment of the Store, provide additional value compared to other apps. Sensitive information has been hidden below the red box to protect the privacy of the developer While the move might appear harsh, particularly given the fact that Microsoft hasn't warned the developers before removing their apps, it is important to note that this isn't the first time this is happening. Back in June 2015, the company aggressively cleaned up the Windows Store in an effort to provide a quality experience for its users. However, as we noted back then, Microsoft seemingly removed some high-quality apps by accident as well. With that being said, the initiative is understandable seeing that many people have complained about spam, low-quality and cloned apps in the Windows Store. However, it'll be interesting to see how this impacts the overall number of apps in the Windows Store, particularly after the age ratings deadline expires at the end of September as well. Article source
  17. After the announcement in March that Google was killing off the Chrome apps launcher, Google then followed through with another announcement earlier this month that it was killing Chrome apps off altogether on every platform other than ChromeOS. If you're one of the people who was depending on a Chrome app to continue to be supported, then you might be in luck. Provided that the developer is also interested, Koushik Dutta ("koush") has begun work on a package called 'electron-chrome' that transforms existing Chrome apps into fully featured Electron apps. Details posted on electron-chrome's Github repo explain that the project will act as a workaround for Chrome apps - in their Electron variants - to be able to be updated and distributed through the Chrome store after 'official' support for Chrome apps is deprecated. Koush republished his own app, Vysor, using this method as a proof of concept. On Twitter he detailed that Postman is working through this method too. The repo details that most Chrome APIs are 'mostly implemented' with only chrome.usb on the roadmap and chrome.fileSystem would be implemented as soon as a bug is resolved in Electron. Koush mentioned that he has no plans to implement chrome.socket. Koush's personal resume includes being one of the co-founders of Cyanogen Inc and the founder of ClockworkMod. You can check out the Github repo for electron-chrome here. Article source
  18. WhatsApp Is To Hand Your Phone Number To Facebook Roses are red, violets are blue, Facebook knows all that you think, say and do WhatsApp has updated its terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years as part of parent company Facebook’s plans to generate cash through app users' data. While WhatsApp has been a separate service from Facebook since its acquisition for $16bn two years ago, the companies are now going to enjoy a cosier relationship. If you’re a WhatsApp user you can expect the app to soon export more of your information to Facebook as the megacorp seeks to bleed some revenue from businesses by allowing them to advertise to you, without using third-party banner advertisements and spam. This will not affect the privacy of the content of users’ messages. As WhatsApp integrates the Signal messaging protocol, messages are protected with end-to-end encryption. “We won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others,” the business stated today, “including on Facebook, and we still won’t sell, share or give your phone number to advertisers.” This suggests that WhatsApp might yet offer itself as a platform for business to contact you through, but the company itself has announced that “by coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp.” That sounds lovely, of course, until the statement continued: “And by connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of.” Users are not able to opt out of this data sharing, although you can choose not to allow to be shared for the purpose of improving their experience with advertisements and product experiences on Facebook. WhatsApp is seeking to integrate features that regularly take place over SMS at the moment: "Whether it's hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls. We want to test these features in the next several months, but need to update our terms and privacy policy to do so." Source Related Alternate Source Articles: WhatsApp to Share Your Data with Facebook — You have 30 Days to Stop It Use WhatsApp? Get ready to receive marketing messages from firms WhatsApp to give users' phone numbers to Facebook for targeted ads WhatsApp to share your user data with Facebook WhatsApp to share user data including phone numbers with Facebook WhatsApp does about face, will serve ads in Facebook-owned app WhatsApp to Share User Phone Number with Facebook For Advertising Block WhatsApp from sharing (most) data with Facebook
  19. Recently, we reported about Cache — an upcoming service from the folks at Microsoft Garage. With Cache, users will be able to bookmark something on their Windows PC, and access it from their iPhone. For example, you can bookmark a link on your PC, and be able to access it on your iPhone (and vice-versa). Additionally, you can “capture” things like text snippets, images, we pages, files, notes, etc. Cache will very similar to OneClip — which is also a Microsoft Garage product. OneClip included a similar set of functions — for example, users were able to copy something on their mobile device (Windows Phone, Android, iPhone) and access it on their PC (Windows and Mac). Unfortunately though, OneClip was killed shortly after it leaked and Microsoft never made it official. Cache will also allow users to organize their bookmarks in groups which they can create by projects, clients, task, ideas, etc. For example, if you are working on a presentation and want to store all the information you find via researching, you can easily store the information on a group using Cache. Unlike OneClip, Cache won’t be available on all of your devices. At the moment, Cache is only available to those on Windows and iOS. If you own a Windows Phone device or an Android smartphone, you’re out of luck — at least for now. As for OneClip, Microsoft is reportedly planning to bring the service back next year with a new name and more features which will be pretty interesting to see. Cache isn’t available for download just yet, but it should be available pretty soon. If you would like to sign-up for the app, head over to the official website here. Article source
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  21. Windows 10 Annoyance: Apps Get Re-Installed After Updates One annoyance of Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is that system apps like 3D Builder may get re-installed after updates. Windows 10 ships with a truckload of system applications that are installed by default. Most of those are created and maintained by Microsoft. Some replace functionality of legacy programs of previous versions of Windows, others are unique to Windows 10. If you go through the listing of installed system apps, you may notice one or the other that you don't use. 3D Builder is probably a prime example of this. Not only is the app only of use if you work with 3D models and 3D printing, it is also one of the first apps listed in the new Windows 10 start menu. It is easy enough to uninstall most system apps -- all listed in the Start Menu -- by right-clicking on them and selecting uninstall. This removes the app from the user account but leaves it on the system. In the case of 3D Builder, it makes room above the fold in the start menu for other applications. Even if you remove them from the system using Powershell, they may come back after feature updates and other big system updates. Tip: You can add your favorite programs to the very top of the Windows 10 start menu. Windows 10 Annoyance: Re-installation of apps You may have noticed that removed apps appear again on a device running Windows 10 after major updates. If you run Windows 10 Insider Builds on a machine, you may have noticed that this happens quite frequently thanks to new releases being pushed out frequently by Microsoft. If you have uninstalled 3D Builder or other Windows 10 system apps, they will be installed again after such an update. While you can go ahead and uninstall them again from the start menu, it is an annoyance to users of the operating system. If you made the deliberate decision to remove a system app, Microsoft should not push it back to the system after an update. It is unclear why the company is not honoring user choice in this regard. It makes sense to push new apps the company created to the device, but if a user removes such an app, it should not be installed again on the system, ever. Side note: Windows 10 Build 14905 ships with three new system apps, Holographic First Run, People Experience Host and Welcome Screen. Windows 10 users may download and install these apps from the Windows Store if the need arises at a later point in time to restore them. Microsoft could tie a link to the application's Windows Store page to notifications or functions that rely on these apps to be present, making the re-installation process easier for users. Closing Words Microsoft should honor user choice for non-critical Windows 10 system applications like 3D Builder, Mail, People, or Xbox. Some users who uninstall those apps will be annoyed if they come back, while others may grudgingly remove them again from the system when that happens. Now You: What's your take on system apps on Windows 10? Source
  22. Canonical Makes It Easy to Port Native iOS and Android Apps to Ubuntu Mobile OS They are introducing the React Native framework It appears that Canonical love web developers, and they always keep them in the loop with all the tools needed for the perfect job. After introducing support for the Cordova framework, which is very well supported on Ubuntu Linux and has received a lot of attention from web developers, today Canonical promise to offer full support for another great framework, namely React Native. "Application development for mobile and desktop using web technologies is becoming increasingly popular. If you are one of these developers then Ubuntu has a great choice of frameworks you can use to create new apps," says Richard Collins, Ubuntu Mobile Product Manager at Canonical. "The Webapps team at Canonical is always focused on ensuring the right frameworks are available to developers." The best web development framework for Ubuntu convergence For those not in the known, React Native is a web development framework that can be used for building native mobile apps using JavaScript and React. It's based on ReactJS, a web-friendly declarative programming model, and has been designed from the ground up to offer an extra layer of system performance by using native UI (User Interface) components and system APIs for delivering a deeply integrated UX. However, Canonical's main reason for the introduction of the React Native framework in Ubuntu Linux is to continue its convergence vision and to allow mobile application developers to be able to port existing iOS and Android applications written with React Native to the Ubuntu mobile OS. Of course, developers can also build Ubuntu native versions of any existing ReactJS webapp. The React Native Ubuntu source code is available for download today. Support for packaging apps as Snaps and publish them on the Snappy Store is also available. Source
  23. WhatsApp Fails to Properly Delete Your Chats The problem is in the way WhatsApp's SQLite DB deletes data The core issue at the heart of this problem is the SQLite database, which WhatsApp and many other more mobile applications use to store data on the phone they are installed. WhatsApp's SQLite database fails to delete data Zdziarski has discovered that, when a user deletes a WhatsApp conversation, SQLite's normal mode of operation is to mark the data as deleted and add it to a "free list" of database entries that can be re-written by other information, instead of actually wiping the data from its index. The developer says that there can be cases where months pass without the data being overwritten with other information. During all this time, the data lingers around on the device and is included as part of the app's database when the user creates backups of their device. Zdziarski says that if the user backs up their device to an iCloud account, because there is no encryption enforced, the WhatsApp SQLite database gets backed up in clear text, and law enforcement can force Apple to hand over the backup files and implicitly the deleted WhatsApp messages, still present in the database. There are several ways to recover deleted WhatsApp messages If the user backs up their device to their own computer, the data is again susceptible to the same process of reverse-engineering and getting the deleted WhatsApp messages. Apple also allows users to create and save backups to computers protected with encryption. If the backup password (encryption key) is short and simple, the researcher says that there are ways to brute-force the password and break the encryption. If the user stores this backup password in the Apple Keychain utility, then there are forensics tools that can leak the content of the Keychain and allow access to the WhatsApp SQLite database. Furthermore, any attacker with access to the user's iOS device can retrieve the SQLite database and recover deleted conversations. iMessage has the same problem, Signal does not Zdziarski says that other apps that use SQLite databases to store data on iOS devices are likely affected by the same problem. The researcher says that iMessage suffers from the same issue but highlights that the Signal messaging app does not. In his blog post, Zdziarski details four ways that app developers and users could mitigate this issue and also recommends four solutions that Facebook could implement to fix WhatsApp's SQLite problem. "Software authors should be sensitive to forensic trace in their coding. The design choices they make when developing a secure messaging app has critical implications for journalists, political dissenters, those in countries that don’t respect free speech, and many others," Zdziarski says. "A poor design choice could quite realistically result in innocent people - sometimes people crucial to liberty - being imprisoned." Source
  24. The launch of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2 will include official support for releasing Win32 apps via the Windows Store with the Project Centennial Bridge tools. Microsoft has also released tools that will allow existing Electron apps to be compiled for use in the Windows Store. This move was first revealed in Evernote's announcement on its plans to release the desktop Windows app in the Windows Store. Also, the official Electron website also confirms that apps made from its software tools can also be converted to work in the Windows Store. Some of the apps that have been made with Electron tools include Slack, VSCode, Hive, WordPress and more. It will be real interesting to see what happens on August 2nd and later and if we'll see even more Win32 apps in the Store. While such apps do nothing for Windows 10 Mobile, these projects are considered a foot in the UWP door and could get other companies to rethink a Universal app strategy down the road. Centennial apps can have hooks into the OS like notifications and Live Tiles making them more modern than traditional Win32 variants with .exe installations. They also do not alter the registry, allow cleaner installations and offer better security for consumers. Like any Windows Store app Centennial apps can auto-update through the Store as well. You can read about Microsoft's full plan for UWP and Bridges in their recent blog post "Choosing the path forward for existing desktop apps". Article source
  25. New Algorithm in Google Play Focuses on Smaller App Updates The new delta algorithm for Google Play rolled out recently The information about the new algorithm appeared on Android Developers blog, together with tips on how app developers can reduce the size of their APK. Delta updates are more efficient ways in bringing improvements to applications. A delta update only updates certain files in the APK, without having the need to update the whole APK. Google stated that 98% of app updates are delta updates to the APK, which also helped users save data. The new algorithm does much more than that, it's named bsdiff and it was created to make updates and app downloads smaller, so that they wouldn't take that much out of data plans. Google announced that the new delta update can reduce the size of patches by 50% or more. Bsdiff was created to produce more efficient deltas of native libraries and take advantage of ways in which native code changes between versions. Information about data used and download size is displayed in a clearer way The blog provided an example of Google Chrome, whose latest major update from M46 to M47 had a patch size of 22.8MB, which was reduced using Bsdiff to 12.9MB. The M47 minor update had a size of 15.3MB and was reduced to just 3.6MB. But that's not all, APK Expansion Files allows developers to include additional large files up to 2GB in size, like high resolution graphics or media files. Download size of initial installs can be reduced by 12%, while update by 65% in average. Google Play Store now displays information about data used and download sizes in a more clearer way. Users can view the actual download size, not just the APK size. The changes have already started rolling out. Source