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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. How To Stream Movies And TV Shows On Android For Free Want to stream movies and TV shows for free on Android, know how Did you know that there is a huge number of apps on Android that allow you to stream movies and TV shows for free? So, if you are thinking of tossing your cable box or ditching your satellite dish, you can go ahead and to do so by watching your favourite movies and TV shows for free on the Android apps mentioned below. Let’s go through some of the best Android app to stream movies and TV shows for free. SPB TV The Android SPB TV app is not region-specific and provides content from around the world via a selection of bizarre and wonderful stations. This app offers you a pretty good mix of content ranging from the NASA channel to Comedy for Women. While you won’t find the latest Hollywood blockbuster, NBC or Showtime on SPB TV, but if you want to take a chance on a wild card, then this is the app to use. A few of the stations definitely appear to be of a more adult nature (how you select to use that information is up to you). Hulu Hulu allows users to watch premium TV shows and movies on their smartphones or tablets without paying a subscription fee. It is a perfect family tablet companion, as it filled with current and classic shows, Hulu originals, movies and plenty of kids’ shows. If you want full access to the Hulu library, you will need to pay $7.99 a month with limited commercials and $11.99 without commercials. However, there are lots of gems in the free version too. If you are willing to be a little patient, then you can also find some great shows for free. Crackle Created by Grouper but later bought by Sony, Crackle is a hugely popular free app, which is updated monthly with new TV shows and movies. The app features ads which run at regular intervals throughout the content, in exchange for which you get an exceptional collection of media and an app that functions much better than some of the other TV service ports on the list. Like Netflix or Amazon, Crackle has selected some original content that’s getting more widely known. The most famous of these is ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ starring Jerry Seinfeld. It’s on its eighth season and has featured some major guests like Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais and Barack Obama. FilmOn FilmOn streams a huge range of channels from around the world live, as well as an assortment of classic/B-movies; mostly a peculiar but enjoyable mix of horror and Kung Fu movies. However, the most impressive are the sports channels. On this app, you can check out some very interesting live events. FilmOn is a free service supported by ads and doesn’t have the same clout as Netflix or even Hulu, but the live TV streams work well. It is a wonderful option for streaming a number of well-known channels. Ensure that you browse for a while and see what’s available. You never know you may be surprised at what you can find. #Toonmania For your anime needs, it’s hard to beat Toonmania, which provides a huge selection of the dubbed cartoons. Thanks to the app’s clean and intuitive layout, everything is easily navigable, and you can look through shows that are classified by popularity or most recently added. You can also narrow down your search to find exactly what you’re looking for, as there is a comprehensive list of filters available. This app isn’t available from the Play Store, but if you go to mobi24, you can download the APK file. Ensure that you go to Settings > Lock screen and security and enable Unknown sources before trying to install the file. Once done, you will have access to everything in the library. Crunchyroll Crunchyroll is another excellent Anime streaming app that is available through Google Play. It has a huge collection of the best Anime available for free. With over five million downloads and a decent rating, this app is quite popular. It is very easy to run the app. Just browse through your favourite shows and they will run with subtitles. The default language is English. You may have to watch some advertisements but mostly for the premium service it provides. Essentially, as you are paying $4.99, you won’t have to watch Crunchyroll advertisements. Source
  17. Company provides tutorial for devs to optimize apps Users expect a hamburger menu in the top left corner, Microsoft says The concept of universal apps is one of Microsoft’s top priorities for Windows 10, as it hopes that this new approach could help tackle the lack of apps and bring both more developers and users to its platform, so the company is offering guides to help optimize apps in a more effective way. The latest such tutorial for Windows 10 app developers concerns navigation. This is because Microsoft emphasizes that it’s critical to make an application easy and intuitive to navigate in order to attract a bigger number of users. The company’s new guide is divided into three different parts and focuses on consistency, simplicity, and clean interaction, offering valuable information to developers who might be looking into ways to improve the navigation features of their apps. The hamburger menu “Navigation involves structuring your app in a way that promotes ease and efficiency, not merely design aesthetics. Unlike the other topics covered so far, which rely in part on personal taste as well as an awareness of changing fashions, navigation - and UX in general - tends to rely heavily on usability research,” Redmond says. “Navigation should be consistent with user expectations, leaning on standard conventions for icons, location and styling.” One interesting part of the guide concerns the hamburger menu, which Microsoft describes as an essential part of the interface. The company claims that users always expect the menu button to be in the top-left of the screen, and you can replace it with anything you want, but offering a hamburger icon is the best practice because it’s becoming more of a traditional thing across all platforms. This way, developers can go for consistency not only on Windows but on all platforms, which is pretty important especially if their apps are available cross-platform. This tutorial is certainly worth reading for developers, and it’s good to see Microsoft providing such helpful information, given the fact that the universal app concept still needs time to succeed, so make sure you check it out if you plan to develop for Windows 10 at some point in the future. Article source
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  19. More than a quarter of the third-party apps used in enterprises are risky, and one of the most problematic are connected cloud applications, according to cloud security company CloudLock. CloudLock CyberLab’s Cloud Cybersecurity Report for the second quarter of 2016, which is based on the analysis of over 150,000 unique apps and 10 million users, shows that the use of third-party apps has increased 30 times over the past two years. The security firm pointed out that organizations must not neglect a very important aspect when addressing the issue of “shadow IT,” the term used to describe applications and systems used by employees without approval from IT security teams. One technology that can introduce serious risks is OAuth, an authentication protocol that allows users to approve apps to act on their behalf without sharing their password. The problem, according to experts, is that OAuth-connected applications can have extensive access to corporate data. These types of apps can request permission to view, delete, transfer and store corporate data when enabled using corporate credentials, which is why it’s important that organizations identify these applications, particularly those that pose the highest risk. “On a daily basis, employees are utilizing apps without notifying IT, and authorizing OAuth connections through their corporate credentials. If these apps are malicious by design, or the connected application’s vendor is compromised, this opens the door to cybercriminals deleting accounts, externalizing or transferring information, provisioning or deprovisioning users, changing users’ passwords, modifying administrator’s settings, performing email log searches, and more,” CloudLock said in its report. Across all the industries monitored by CloudLock, on average, a total of 733 third-party apps are connected to the corporate environment in each organization, with the higher education, technology and media sectors at the top of the chart. Of the 156,000 third-party apps that have been granted access to corporate systems this year, security teams classified 27 percent as “high risk.” Experts noted that the percentage of high risk apps connected to corporate systems is roughly the same all around the world. The list of top 10 risky apps includes various games, music players, the Goobric Web App, and the Pingboard employee directory software. The most risky application is the mobile strategy game Clash Royale. While these apps are not necessarily risky by nature, they can represent a serious problem if they are compromised – mainly due to their extensive access to corporate environments and the high number of privileged users. In the enterprises analyzed by CloudLock, more than half of third-party applications have been banned due to security concerns. The top 10 banned apps are WhatsApp, Zoho Accounts, SoundCloud, Sunrise Calendar, Power Tools, Pinterest, Free Rider HD, Airbnb, Madden NFL Mobile and CodeCombat. Article source
  20. How To Hack WhatsApp Using SS7 Flaw Researchers are easily able to hack WhatsApp and Telegram using the known telecom flaw We continuously receive queries from readers about how to hack WhatsApp. The world’s most popular cross platform messaging App is seen to be ultimate hack by many because it has recently enabled 256-bit encryption. For ordinary souls this encryption would take days and months to decode a sentence or a complete message. Ditto with another secure messaging service called Telegram. Though Telegram is not as popular as WhatsApp, it has its ardent group of followers who use it for its encryption as well as snooping free service. Though both of these Apps are end-to-end encrypted both of them suffer from hardware side vulnerability which can be exploited to hack and hijack both WhatsApp and Telegram. The vulnerability lies in Signalling System 7, or SS7, the technology used by telecom operators, on which the highly secure messaging system and telephone calls rely. SS7 is a set of telephony signalling protocols developed in 1975, which is used to set up and tear down most of the world’s public switched telephone network (PSTN) telephone calls. It also performs number translation, local number portability, prepaid billing, Short Message Service (SMS), and other mass market services. SS7 is vulnerable to hacking and this has been known since 2008. In 2014, the media reported a protocol vulnerability of SS7 by which both government agencies and non-state actors can track the movements of cell phone users from virtually anywhere in the world with a success rate of approximately 70%. In addition, eavesdropping is possible by using the protocol to forward calls and also facilitate decryption by requesting that each caller’s carrier release a temporary encryption key to unlock the communication after it has been recorded. Researchers created a tool (SnoopSnitch) which can warn when certain SS7 attacks occur against a phone and detect IMSI-catchers. You can view how researchers managed to hack WhatsApp and Telegram using the SS7 flaw below : WhatsApp Hack Telegram Hack Both the hacks exploit the SS7 vulnerability by tricking the telecom network into believing the attacker’s phone has the same number as the victim’s phone. Once the network has been fooled, anybody, even a newbie can spy on the legitimate WhatsApp and Telegram user by creating a new WhatsApp or Telegram account using the secret code. Once complete, the attacker now controls the account, including the ability to send and receive messages. Even more horrific is the fact that the hacker can also send messages on behalf of the victim, and read confidential messages intended for the victim without ever having to try to break strong encryption protocols. See how easily you can hack WhatsApp and Telegram by fooling the network into believing your are the victim. Source
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  22. A study of 20 apps’ terms and conditions by the Norwegian Consumer Council has found that three location-tracking apps may be in breach of European data protection law. In an official complaint to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, the consumer advocacy group singled out US-based fitness tracking app Runkeeper as a cause for concern. The study, conducted by independent researcher SINTEF, found that the app tracks and transmits personal data, such as location, fitness level and fitness habits, to a third-party when not in use. The Norwegian Consumer Council identify this data collection as unlawful under European law, as at no point does the user consent to their data being used in this manner. Furthermore, the council cites the EU directive stating that personal data may only be collected providing it is reasonable and relevant in order to provide the service. The complaint states that “[Runkeeper] requests unreasonably wide ranging permissions compared with the access actually needed to deliver the service … we fail to see a need for obtaining such location information for functionality purposes, and would ask whether this is in line with the rules of purpose limitation”. In addition to its unlawful data collection, SINTEF identified that the app stores personal information of its users once the app has been deleted, and even when the user closes their account, a fact that is not made explicit anywhere in the apps’ privacy policy or terms of service. “According to the Data Protection directive, controllers must limit the length of time they store and process personal data,” the Norwegian Consumer Council stated. “Data may only be kept for as long as it is relevant. Apps such as Runkeeper should therefore not continue to store personal data long after a user has stopped using the service or when the user has asked for their account to be deleted.” The consumer council acknowledge that as a US-based company with no EU subsidiaries, the Data Protection Authority may be limited in their capacity to impose sanctions on app-provider FitnessKeeper Inc. However, they point out that Runkeeper and other apps are widely used in Europe, and are specifically marketed at a European audience, making this breach a necessary concern. Article source
  23. Hello there guys! Because I'm hardcore windows apps user, I've spent some time on collecting new apps. A week ago, I've made a list of UWP apps on r/Windows10 and I'd like to share it here too. Hope you'll find some useful app that fit your needs. FREE 365 Scores - Football news and live scores app AIDA64 - Hardware and software information utility Airstem - Free music player and downloader Animated GIF Creator - Create GIF from videos AnTuTu - Official app of the popular benchmarking tool AppRaisin - The best app for discovering new Windows Store apps Aurora Music - Decent music player with potential Ax-Lite - Lightweight video player Astronomy Hub - Enjoy a fresh and amazing astro experience from anywhere around the globe Audible - Access and download over 200,000 professionally-narrated audiobooks and periodicals to your device Battery Usage - View battery status in advanced way Beat - Discover trending tweets on Twitter Best Photos on Flickr - Download the most interesting and beautiful photos on Flickr Black Reader - PDF reader suitable for nights and dark environments Blueflap - Very useful web browser with unique features, based on MS Edge Boards by Todoist - Experimental first-party Todoist app that allows you to visualize your Todoist tasks Cleartrip - Search and book trains, flights and hotels ClipBoard - Copy links, or text quickly to the clipboard from the share menu Character Map - Allows you to copy the selected character to XAML code and FontIcon Collage Maker for Windows 10 - Photo collage app Ctrl+C - Simple, lightweight and Cortana powered clipboard application Dailymotion - Official Dailymotion app Deals Hub - All deals from Windows Store in one place Dev Center - Allows you to quickly view details about the health and performance of your Windows Store apps DeviantArt - Unofficial client for browsing DeviantART Dropbox - Official app of popular cloud storage service Dropbox Duolingo - The best (and popular too) language learning app Dynamic Theme - Lock screen picture app with daily Bing or Windows Spotlight pictures Engadget - The official app of the popular tech blog Engadget Eurosport - Official app of Eurosport channel Facebook - The official (and updated) UWP Facebook app Figure - Pretty fun app for making music in seconds File Hasher - Quickly check the MD5, SHA1 and SHA256 hashes of a file Foxit MobilePDF - Probably the best PDF viewer Free Manga Reader - Discover and read thousands of manga titles for free Grover Podcast - The best app to manage your favorite podcasts Hotspot Shield - Free VPN iHeartRadio - Official app of iHeartRadio Income Timer - Fun app that calculates your annual salary input ImgurClient - Unofficial client for browsing and downloading images from Imgur IP List - It shows your IP and you can calculate IPs Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10 - App filled with all Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts LaLiga TV - Official football television app of La Liga LINE - The official app of the popular messaging service Line Maps Edge - Unofficial client for Google Maps with material design MemoNow - Simple notebook UWP app for Windows 10 Desktop/Mobile Messenger - The official Facebook Messenger app My Weekly Schedule - Schedule your weekly lessons mTalk - Allows you to have access to more than 100000 forums from your mobile, tablet or PC My Data - Organize your passwords and contacts in one place MyFeed - Convenient RSS feeds reader Money Fox - Awesome open-source finance app Newsflow - Probably the best news reader with custom RSS NotepadX - Simple text editor Onefootball - The best app for all football lovers OneNote - The most awesome note-taking app which is included in Windows 10 Ouga - Unofficial client for Tumblr Parma Video Player - Awesome video player PC Access Notifier - Very useful to find out if someone use your PC when you're not at home or at work PayPal Here - Secure and easy-to-use mobile business app for all your payment needs Periodic Table 5 - Learn chemical elements Pikit - Download high quality backgrounds from Bing, NASA, Flickr and Pixabay Polarr Photo Editor Lite - Free pro photo editor Random Audio - This app is for people who love listening to music, but don’t want to care about getting it played Reddify for Reddit - Reddit client with nice design and potential Remotr - Best way to stream any computer games directly to another Windows 10 computer or tablet Route Mapper - Basic tool that will allow you to measure various routes Routiner - Perfect for those who want to keep track of their tasks through the week Solid Wall - Generate clean and tidy yet colorful background Set Wallpaper - Change lock screen wallpaper and home screen wallpaper automatically Samsung Wi-Fi Transfer - Allows you to connect your devices directly and transfer your files via Wi-Fi Share via Clipboard - Copy content from Windows store apps to clipboard SHARE.it - Transfer files via WiFi between cross-platform devices Shazam - The official Shazam app Simply QR - Great tool for generating QR codes without hassle Sidekick Private Browser - Decent private browser Splashpaper - Automatically change your wallpaper Subtitler - Downloader for subtitles Sway - The official Sway app for creating modern presentations Taxibeat - Get a taxi 24/7 at a tap of a button and at no extra cost TeamViewer - The official Teamviewer app for remote access TED - TED's official app presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people The Games Database - Gaming news and calendar, must-have app for all gamers The Weather Channel - The official Weather Channel app with Cortana integration Tickerfeed - RSS personal information hub, available on Android and iOS too Todoist - Official Todoist app TOPDOX - Powerful office documents reader and cloud manager for your Windows 10 devices TouchVPN - Awesome free VPN app TuneIn Radio - The official (and updated) UWP app of the popular radio service TuneIn TVPLAN - Decent free app for tracking tv shows with Trakt.tv integration, still in beta status Twitter - The awesome official Twitter app Typeform Attendance - Allows a user to track attendance when attendance is captured through a typeform UniversalNews - Free, fast, simple and fully universal Windows 10 news reader Vine - The official (and updated) Vine app WinIRC - Lightweight, fast IRC client for Windows 10 WordWeb Dictionary - Pretty good English dictionary app Wunderlist - Official app of the most popular cross-platform ToDo service ZAPYA - The official app of Zapya, fast tool for cross-platform file transfer FREE + IN-APP PURCHASES 9Zen Store - Free app deals and recommendations ACG Player - Decent media player Action Note - Note taking app, integrates into your Action Center and enables fast access to all of your notes Air Transfery - Transfer files across Windows 10 devices that are connected on same network Audictive Music - Groove Music alternative Audiotica - Free music streaming and downloading Audiobook Player - Enables you to play audio books on your Windows device Aurora Weather - Awesome and well designed weather app Auvid Tuner - Cut your audio and video files Baconit - Reddit client, alternative to Readit Bamboo Paper - Taking notes, sketching, and drawing, only on PC and tablets Brilli Wallpaper Changer - The ultimate app to change your lock screen and start/desktop screen wallpaper Cast - Definitive tool for managing your audio podcasts on your desktop, tablet or mobile Comic Show - Ultimate must have tool to read, manage and organize your comic book archives Copy Space - Access all your copied content and manage it Corby - Fantastic app to organize and browse your bookmarks Cover - Cool comic reader Daily Focus - Helps you to start your day right, reach your daily goals Dark Note - The right app for any notes, messages and things you just want to quickly write down Deezer - The official UWP preview app of the well-known music streaming service Dinamic Wallpaper - Download wallpapers from NASA, Bing and 500px Pulse Download App Later - Save the links of Windows Store apps which you plan to download or buy Edjing 5 - DJ app that transforms your device into real DJ vinyl turntables Event Countdowns - Countdown your important events Exchange Rate - Currency exchange app Explorer for YouTube - Third-party client for Youtube Fhotoroom - Solid pro photo editor File Browser - Browse and manage your libraries and files stored anywhere on your PC Flat Notes - Well designed notes app with a unique experience based on Google Keep Followrs - Tracker that helps you to monitor your Instagram followers a lot more easier Fresh Paint - Fun and easy to use painting app with the right tools for artists of all ages FunimationNow - For streaming anime shows Fused - Blend your photos and videos Game Calendar - Keep on track with the upcoming video games of various platforms GIF Search - Search and download GIFs from Riffsy GiraDischi - Lets you stream every song you would like to listen from YouTube Imgur4Windows - Imgur client iNi Reader - Feedly client Latermark for Pocket - Unofficial client for Pocket Loadkit - Awesome download manager Literal Moment - Live-tile clock MeeDJ - DJ mixing console Meme Generator - Create your memes Memorize it! - App that could help build your memory skills when something needs to be memorized Meridian - Music player for popular social network VK.com Mobile Doc Scanner - App that allows you to identify any text in the image Mobile Task Manager - View the application process with this app Money Lover - Probably the best personal cross-platform finance app on Windows Store Moodflow - Moodflow will help you to find a music that matches your mood Musbox - Easily access your music collection and play them My 500px - Full feature 500px client with upload capability MyerList - Probably the most efficient To-Do app, available for Android too Netflix - The official Netflix app which works without problem Newsmator - Easy and simple way to read all the important news you care and love Notebook Pro - Annotate your PDF docs and images Note X - Create notes and todo lists, save credentials and draw Notiny - Allows you to create text notes, voice notes and lists Pandora - Official app of Pandora, popular music streaming service Parcel Tracking - Convenient and easy to use tool to track deliveries Perfect Dictionary - Offline dictionary with huge database in over 50 languages Perfect Tube - Probably the best Youtube client Perfect Wallpaper - Cool app for downloading backgrounds Perfect Weather - Beautiful weather app Photo Shader - App for quick and simple photo editing Power Planner - Must have student app Pomodoro 10 - Time tracker app ProntoForms for Windows 10 - Mobilize your inspection forms, work orders, sales orders, timesheets Readit - For sure the best Reddit app available on Windows Store Reduce - Reduce your photos without quality loss Save Battery - Perfect way to see battery status and remaining charge time on your main screen ScreenWall - Change your lock screen and wallpaper with photos of popular movies Screenshot Tool - Everything you need to make screenshots and indicate the important details in them Series Tracker - Awesome Trakt.tv app Snips - Snip in the app or share something you want to remember to and from the apps SplitBook - Splitwise client allowing to split household bills with roommates Subtitles Finder - Manage and download subtitles for all your videos Time Sense - Helps you track your usage, to better manage your time and be more productive Trakter - The most functional Trakt.tv app UltraNote - UWP notepad app Universal FTP - FTP client Unstream - The best Twitch app Viber - The official (and updated) Viber app VideoApp - High performance modern video player Wallhaven.cc - Unofficial app of Wallhaven, website for downloading wallpapers Wallpaper Studio 10 - Fantastic HD wallpaper app WiFi Analyzer - Probably the best Wi-Fi tool Wikio - The best app for browsing Wikipedia Windows Central - The official (and updated) app of the popular Microsoft related news website YMusics - App for listening Youtube music PAID + TRIAL 8 Zip - Cutting-edge archiver Bandsaround Concerts - Unofficial Bandsintown app Best Player - Probably the best video player on the Windows Store Cortana Triggers - Perform multiple Cortana actions via different services like IFTTT Cortanium - Add custom commands to Cortana CostTracker - Project management application with built in invoicing and currency conversion DeNoise - Professional photo level noise reduction app Edjing Pro - Music DJ mixer File Cards - Modern file manager suite FlipPad - Sketch your idea and then watch it as stop-motion video Hypersonic - NewsBlur client Instabullet - Unofficial client for Pushbullet Join - Bring your Android notifications to the Windows Notification Center Modern Translator - Awesome third-party client for Google Translate Music Wall - Simple & beautiful music player with a unique layout that generates a wall of all the albums MyTube - Unique YouTube experience Network Data - Displays the amount of data sent and received by your network interfaces Old Look - Photo editor which is focused on black&white filters OneLocker - Awesome and powerful password manager Passwords10 - Feature-rich password management app PhotoMaps - See all your photos on a map, exactly where you took them Polarr Photo Editor Pro - Pro photo editor Racing One - Get all the information of Formula One right at your finger tips Readia for Windows 10 - Decent comic reader Scyphoz Notepad - A simply text editor that can work on all windows devices TimeCapsule - Time management tool Torrex Pro - For sure the best torrent client that is available on Windows Store Transcoder - Easily convert audio and video files from one format to another Tweet It! - Probably the best alternative app for Twitter
  24. Whenever you install a Windows Store application on a device running Windows 8 or 10, that application gets associated with your Microsoft Account. One of the ideas of this is that it makes it easier to get those apps or games on other devices you own, to improve re-installation on the same device, and to keep track of your purchases. You can manage all apps or games that you bought or installed on the Library page that is part of the Windows Store application. There you find listed all apps or games that you have installed or purchased in the past. This includes applications from other devices and even other versions of Windows. You can browse the selection or use search to find apps and games again, and install them on the current device. That is handy as well even though you need to do so for each app or game individually. Probably the biggest issue right now is that apps or games that you have installed or purchased previously are associated with the account permanently. This includes free apps and trial versions, and even apps that are not compatible with the device you are running. Here is why that is bad The apps and games library listing gets filled with items that you may have no use for anymore. Maybe you installed a trial version of an application only to find out that it is not what you need. Even if you have plans never to install it again, it is listed on the library page. The sheer number of applications or games may cause loading issues. The library pages load only every second time or so on my fast Windows 10 PC due to the large number associated with my account. While I cannot say that it is caused by the number of apps associated to the account, it seems plausible. It becomes harder to find apps or games that you want to reinstall. While you can use search, you may not always know the correct name of the application anymore so that you need to resort to browsing. I test dozens of Windows 10 applications each week for my weekly series over at Betanews, and all of those apps and games that I test remain linked to the Microsoft Account permanently with no option to disassociate them from it. This means that I have hundreds of apps and games listed in the library sections in Windows Store, and even quite a few apps that are not even compatible with Windows 10, the only operating system that I use that supports apps (I no longer run a Windows 8 device and have removed all devices linked to the account as a consequence). The apps section alone lists about 100 apps that are not compatible with Windows 10, and hundreds more that are compatible but won't be installed on the machine ever again. Neither the Windows Store application nor your Microsoft Account control panel on the Internet provide options to remove obsolete apps from your account. Additionally, I noticed that I cannot remove some apps completely anymore from the system. They show up with a loading indicator in the start menu but won't update and cannot be removed as the remove option is missing from the right-click menu. I don't know if the issue is related or not, could also be a bug but it is quite problematic considering that I cannot remove those apps from the system anymore at this point in time. Solution I would like to see an option to remove applications from Microsoft Accounts. This should improve the usability quite a bit for users who install lots of apps or games, and users who like to keep their library as clean as possible. Article source
  25. Europe's competition regulator is zeroing in on whether Google prevented handset makers and carriers from choosing which apps are pre-installed on Android phones. Europe's competition regulator says she's looking into whether Google's agreements with phone makers and operators prevented customers discovering new apps. European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Monday in Amsterdam that she is "looking closely" at deals Google made with phone makers and operators that use Android, and is concerned that Google may have tried to shield itself from competition. Vestager said consumers want phones to work out of the box and expect phone makers or carriers to ensure basic apps, such as search, are preloaded. However, the commission has concerns that carriers and makers have not able to select which apps were pre-installed. "Our concern is that, by requiring phone makers and operators to pre-load a set of Google apps, rather than letting them decide for themselves which apps to load, Google might have cut off one of the main ways that new apps can reach customers," Vestager said. The reason the commission is investigating Google is that it doesn't want big companies holding back innovation by protecting themselves from rivals, she said. Her comments come amid reports that the European Commission is preparing to open a formal case against Google over its Android deals, which would add to a separate charge for promoting its own shopping search products over rivals. The commission opened its Android investigation this time last year, focusing on whether Google harmed competition by requiring handset makers to pre-install Google apps, whether it illegally bundled Google services on Android, and whether it prevented firms from developing modified versions of Android. The Financial Times on Friday reported that Vestager may announce a statement of objections this week concerning Android. However, Vestager said today that the EC's investigation into Google and another probe into Amazon are "still going on". "So I can't yet say if either of them has broken the rules," she said. The Source