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Precise Location Is Giving Your Coordinates Away to Apps

Precise Location Is Giving Your Coordinates Away to Apps

Photo: AngieYeoh (Shutterstock) It’s no secret our apps use our locations: In fact, many need to in order to work properly. You wouldn’t get very far on your road trip if Google Maps couldn’t see your location. But smartphone makers don’t make it clear how location-sharing works—particularly that you can choose between sharing your general …

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Delete These 35 Malware Apps on Your Android

Delete These 35 Malware Apps on Your Android

Photo: BigTunaOnline (Shutterstock) While official app stores are the safest way to find and download new software on your smartphone, they aren’t without faults. The Google Play Store has protections in place to weed out malicious apps, but occasionally, some manage to sneak through undetected. Thirty-five such apps were just discovered hiding on the Play …

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iOS VPN apps are broken, says security researcher, and Apple has known for years

iOS VPN apps are broken, says security researcher, and Apple has known for years

Update: Apple does appear to have introduced an (optional) fix for this as of iOS 14, but questions remain – see update at end. A well-known security researcher says that iOS VPN apps (virtual private networks) are broken, due to a flaw that he claims Apple has known about for at least two and a …

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How data from period-tracking and pregnancy apps could be used to prosecute pregnant people

How data from period-tracking and pregnancy apps could be used to prosecute pregnant people

Many popular reproductive health apps are lacking when it comes to protecting users’ data privacy, according to a new report highlighting the potential legal risk to people seeking an abortion. After studying 20 of the most popular period-tracking and pregnancy-tracking apps, researchers from the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation found that 18 of them had data collection …

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5 Android apps I’m enjoying on my Pixel 6 Pro right now that you may not have heard of

While I did cancel my Google Play Pass subscription and no longer really browse through the apps section of the Play Store, I have amassed a number of interesting and unique apps which I’ve gone on to rely on over the past year. I’m always in search of new and exciting experiences, and ever since …

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These 17 malicious Android apps sneak banking Trojans onto your phone

These 17 malicious Android apps sneak banking Trojans onto your phone

In July alone, we reported over 100 malicious apps being removed from the Google Play Store. Malware comes in many forms, and some allow hackers to take control of your phone, while others steal personal information or sign you up for subscription services that are difficult to get out of. Tap or click for 36 …

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Today I learned about an easy way to share files between Mac apps

Today I learned about an easy way to share files between Mac apps

Apple has made macOS very good at handling drag and drops. For example, I often pull a picture right out of the Photos app or Safari and drop it into iMessage or Slack. One thing that’s always slowed me down, though, is moving around more traditional files, like PDFs or other documents. But then I …

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This Week in Apps: Instagram backlash, TikTok gaming, Snapchat+ makes millions

This Week in Apps: Instagram backlash, TikTok gaming, Snapchat+ makes millions

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in the first half of 2022, up only slightly from the $64.4 billion during the same period in 2021, as hypergrowth fueled by …

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Google’s new Play Store rules target annoying ads and copycat crypto apps

Google’s new Play Store rules target annoying ads and copycat crypto apps

Google is trying to cut down on annoying, unskippable ads in Android apps and overall bad behavior in the Play Store (via TechCrunch). The company announced wide-ranging policy changes on Wednesday that update rules across several categories to be more specific, clamping down on loopholes developers may have used to skirt existing rules. One of …

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