Google announced Thursday that it will be scanning apps on users Android devices to check for malware and other problems.
Previously, when the Verify Apps service was enabled, only apps from third-party app stores were scanned, and only upon installation. Now Verify Apps will check every app before it is installed — and will regularly check that all of a user’s installed apps are “behaving in a safe manner.”
Apple has scanned apps since starting it’s app store.
Half of the entertainment content viewed on a smartphone is through YouTube according to a study by a mobile analytics firm as reported on Re/code.
Flurry says that the video arm of Google dominates the moblie market alond with Facebook and it’s properties.
The typical U.S. consumer devotes 2 hours and 42 minutes a day to their smartphones or tablets, up 4 minutes from March 2013. Apps have eclipsed the mobile web, accounting for 86 percent of the average mobile consumer’s time.
That’s a pretty good return on Google’s 2006 purchase of the video site.
The camera in the iPhone 5 series is pretty good. You can make it much better with a $7 app.
9to5Mac.com has the story:
With the built-in camera app able to capture HD video at up to 120fps, Ultrakam takes the opposite route, limiting the frame-rate to 30fps and using a more efficient codec to in order to capture 2k video: 2240×1672. The app also allows you to shoot at 24fps for a more film-like look.
The downside is you need 3GB for every minute of footage.
More and more car makers are adding apps to the cars themselves rather than having the driver supply the tech with their phone.
Only about 10 percent of vehicles have built-in connectivity today, but the number is expected to rise to more than 90 percent by 2020, according to the British consulting firm Machina Research.
Courant.com has the story. Read more here.
A nationwide competition for high school students to create mobile apps is being championed by U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty.
Esty, a Democrat who represents Connecticut’s Fifth District, is asking students to create an application and then enter a video to explain the app and describe what they learned.
One entry will be selected from each Congressional District.
More information on how to enter from Esty’s district can be found here.
Students from other districts can get more information here.
Netflix announced today that it’s new version of it’s iOS App allows video streaming to Apple TVs.
Airplay is a feature that allows video or audio played on an iPad, iPhone or later model Mac computer to appear on the TV connected to an Apple TV. While there is a Netflix app on the Apple TV, the new feature will allow a user to connect to other units on the same Wifi network without entering account information on that device and have more precise control over playback features.
The new feature was announced in the Netflix company blog written by Roma De, the director of product management at Netflix. Version 5.0 was released in the App Store within the last 24 hours.
She lists other reason you may want to use your iOS device for controlling the video:
Use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control for the Apple TV during AirPlay. You can pause, seek, select audio or subtitles and stop playback from your iPhone or iPad.
To make this even easier use the lock screen functionality (iOS 7) in our new iOS app during AirPlay. And you can continue to use other apps like email on your phone while using Airplay with Netflix.
Netflix recently made moves to close it’s Bloomfield distribution center.
Do you plan on using the new feature?
If you are stuck in traffic, you could take to Twitter or Facebook, but will anyone besides your friends and followers read it?
Wired reports on a way to get attention in higher places. Called the I’m Stuck App, it notifies your elected representatives when you are stuck in transit. The idea being that tie ups and delays may be part of larger problems in America’s infrastructure, and by contacting representatives in Congress action may result.
The app was developed by the bi partisan infrastructure advocacy group Building America’s Future.
The summer consumer electronic success story is looking like the Google Chromecast.
In addition to Netflix, YouTube and others, Variety reports that the device will soon have apps for HBO Go and Hulu Plus.
Vimeo and Redbox Instant are also inline to be supported according to Gigaom.
Mashable reports that Spotify and the Official Comedy Youtube Channel are teaming up to bring content to the streaming music platform.
Users have access to content from entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., George Carlin and Aziz Ansari.
“The Official Comedy app on Spotify gives our users access to a customized comedy experience that is just as extensive as our music experience,” Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer, said in a statement reported by Mashable.
Additionally, Official Comedy has plans to keep content updated by introducing new comedians and entertainment.
The official app is available on Spotify for free.
Photo Courtesy of Eric Leibowitz / FX
If you’ve tried to cache a Google map on your Android device recently, you had to go through some more hoops than on the previous version.
Google hopes that it’s fixed that according to CNET.
Caching maps on a device is useful when traveling to areas where the network connection is bad or where high roaming fees discourage mobile network use. But the new Google Maps app had required a laborious and obscure method to cache maps.
Now it’s not so hard. Users can tap on the map to display a screen to search or explore an area, and scrolling down to the bottom of that page reveals a small card that says, “Make this map area available offline.”