NEWS: Mystery IPhone Book Apps Disappear From Store

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by John Navas, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. John Navas

    John Navas Guest

    A group of iPhone apps that had received top rankings on the iTunes
    Store have disappeared from the top 50 book applications following
    complaints from developers.

    The developers said they noticed dozens of applications by the same
    author surge into the top rankings, although the applications frequently
    had few or no user reviews and appeared to be roughly coded.

    The incident coincided with reports that iTunes Store users were charged
    for applications they say they did not purchase, suggesting that their
    accounts may have been compromised.

    MORE:
    <http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...y_iphone_book_apps_disappear_from_store.html>

    COMMENT: Apple controls what you want, not what you don't want. ;)
     
    John Navas, Jul 5, 2010
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  2. John Navas

    Guest Guest

    nice snip job. are you that threatened by apple that you must resort to
    blatant lying?

    here's more, from the same article that *you* gave:

    "It looks like the Books category has been hijacked by an app publisher
    named mycompany/Thuat Nguyen," Thomson wrote in an e-mail to Brie. "His
    apps now occupy 40 of the top 50 ranks in the Books category on the app
    store. These are apps that typically wouldn't rank in the Books
    category and most of them don't have any ratings or reviews."

    more info here:
    <http://www.alexbrie.com/archives/205>

    the apps were based on stolen content and purchased from hacked
    accounts to skew the ratings.

    apple canceled his developer account and app rankings are back to
    normal.

    of course you don't mention that google has *removed* apps from user's
    devices, something apple has never done. the hypocrisy is astounding.
     
    Guest, Jul 5, 2010
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  3. John Navas

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    According to multiple customer reports, Apple iTunes accounts have been
    hacked to purchase an e-book application.

    A rogue Vietnamese developer called Thuat Nguyen reportedly hacked into
    iTunes accounts and gamed the Books category in the Apple App Store to
    artificially inflate the ratings and sales for his book apps. Both The
    Next Web and Engadget websites reported Sunday that Nguyen apps
    accounted for 42 of the top 50 books by revenue in the Books section of
    the iTunes App Store.

    At the site MacRumors, one forum contributor complained of seeing
    multiple unexplained iTunes charges totalling more than $500. The
    suspicious rise in the Vietnamese books' rankings was noticed by two
    competing iPhone developers, Alex Brie and Patrick Thomson, who were
    alarmed by their apps slipping in rankings in favor of those from
    Nguyen.

    Two users also indicated in the ratings for Nguyen's apps that their
    iTunes accounts have been hacked and purchases of those apps were made
    on their behalf. Up to $200 from these hacked accounts were reportedly
    used to buy the developer's apps.

    MORE:
    <http://www.pcworld.com/article/2004...ts_hacked_say_reports.html?tk=nl_dnx_h_crawl>

    COMMENT: Change your password, noW! And make it a secure password.
     
    John Navas, Jul 6, 2010
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  4. John Navas

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    John Navas, Jul 7, 2010
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  5. John Navas

    Guest Guest

    guess what google does, only on a much bigger scale.

    guess what the third party ad networks were doing.

    if you don't want ads, don't buy apps with ads in them. very simple.

    you're on some sort of crusade.
     
    Guest, Jul 7, 2010
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    Larry Guest

    Er, ah, I believe he was reporting a news item to the group.

    Just because it's Apple, does that make it heresy or a criminal offense?
     
    Larry, Jul 7, 2010
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    Bogey Man Guest

    It would probably be more newsworthy if Apple didn't use purchase history to
    target their pitches. This doesn't seem to me to be a rare occurrence.

    Ron P
     
    Bogey Man, Jul 7, 2010
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  8. John Navas

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    Apple bans 'fraudulent' developer from iTunes

    According to Apple, Thuat Nguyen hacked around 400 iTunes accounts, in
    order to use their credit card details to boost sales of his comic book
    apps.

    Apple said it had tightened its security as a result of the hack.

    It has put fraudulent activity on iTunes into the spotlight.

    ....

    It will now ask users to enter their credit card security code more
    frequently when making purchases on iTunes.

    It is not the first time that users have complained about their iTunes
    accounts being hacked but it is one of the first that an app bought
    using compromised accounts has dominated the charts.

    ....

    Amit Klein, the chief technology officer of Trusteer, a company which
    provides security for online payments, thinks Apple could do more to
    prevent such breaches.

    "Hacks on iTunes are not so rare, there is a constant stream of reports
    even though they don't make the headlines. Apple could have better fraud
    detection and interact with iTune users better," he said.

    MORE: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10535703.stm>
     
    John Navas, Jul 7, 2010
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    The JavaScript engine in Google's Android 2.2 running on a Nexus One
    phone soundly spanks Apple's iOS 4 incarnation running on an iPhone 4.

    ....

    The Ars testing discovered that in pure JavaScript performance, there's
    really no contest between Android 2.2 and iOS 4. When running the
    industry-standard SunSpider benchmark, Android 2.2 was nearly twice as
    fast as Apple's offering.

    iOS 4's comparative performance was even worse on Google's own V8
    benchmark. Ars found Android 2.2 was well over four times as fast. Of
    course, V8 is a Googly benchmark, but 4X is 4X.

    MORE:
    <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/07/javascript_and_browser_tests/>

    COMMENT: Let the iExcuses begin!
     
    John Navas, Jul 7, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    last year i told you safari was benchmarked as faster than other
    browsers and you wanted nothing to do with it. now that google has a
    faster javascript engine (*) you are happy as shit.

    and that's separate from your blatant condescending pejorative comments
    such as iexcuses and ifans, as opposed to your perception about what
    other people say when they use ordinary words.

    (*) javascript is just one test. now try it again with flash installed.
    pocketnow showed that the nexus one browser went from fastest to
    slowest when flash was installed.
     
    Guest, Jul 7, 2010
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    alexd Guest

    Meanwhile, at the alt.internet.wireless Job Justification Hearings, nospam
    chose the tried and tested strategy of:
    Bet it still renders Flash faster than the iPhone's browser, though.
     
    alexd, Jul 8, 2010
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  12. John Navas

    John Navas Guest

    Consumer Reports has confirmed what we already knew about iPhone 4 --
    touching its external antenna produces noticeable reception problems --
    but with that finding offered a damning conclusion: This phone is not
    recommended.

    Ouch!

    The verdict is a slap in the face to Apple, which earlier this month
    tried casting the iPhone 4 problem as an optical illusion, caused by the
    way the phone displays signal bars. Previously, Apple said that holding
    the iPhone 4 in certain ways can affect signal strength, but has also
    insisted that overall the phone gets better reception than any previous
    model. For unsatisfied customers, Apple recommends holding the phone
    differently or buying a bumper case.

    That's not good enough for Consumer Reports, which tested three iPhone
    4s in its radio frequency isolation room. Using a base-station emulator
    to simulate cell tower signals, lab testers found significant reception
    problems when holding the phone over its lower-left corner, especially
    when the signal was weak to begin with.

    Phones with internal antennas, such as the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS,
    didn't have the same reception issues. That's important, because Apple
    has claimed that signal loss when covering the antenna is "a fact of
    life for every wireless phone."

    Consumer Reports confirmed that covering the iPhone 4's antenna with
    thick, non-conductive material, such as duct tape, fies the problem, and
    the group believes bumper cases will do the same. But despite loving
    everything else about the phone, including its sharp display and 720p
    video camera, Consumer Reports recommended downgrading to an iPhone 3GS
    or another brand.

    If you've been following the iPhone 4 antenna debacle, there should be
    nothing shocking about Consumer Reports' findings. Experts and
    journalists have learned basically the same things in their field
    testing. Specifically, the phone gets better service most of the time,
    but when held over its lower-left corner, it risks dropped calls or lost
    reception in areas with low signal strength.

    Still, the lab testing by Consumer Reports was conducted in a controlled
    environment, lending more credibility to the real-world evidence we've
    already seen. It's an embarrassment for Apple after the company's
    attempts to downplay the issue. I'm sure this report will come up in the
    class action lawsuits Apple faces, especially when the authority on what
    consumer products to buy says the iPhone 4 doesn't deserve your money.

    MORE:
    <http://www.pcworld.com/article/200924/consumer_reports_throws_iphone_4_under_the_bus.html>
     
    John Navas, Jul 13, 2010
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    Threads on the Apple support forum about the iPhone 4 are mysteriously
    disappearing. Perhaps it has just a little to do with the fact that
    Consumer Reports made it clear in their July 12 report that "Apple needs
    to come up with a permanent—and free—fix for the antenna problem before
    we can recommend the iPhone 4."

    Is Apple doing the right thing here if they are wiping the forums clean
    when it comes to talk about Consumer Reports not so favorable review?

    A negative news story and Apple starts removing comments instead of
    addressing them? That's bad business for already frustrated iPhone
    owners.

    If you tried to access the forums, it's clear that moderators took the
    posts down. You'll get a clear message if you try: "Error: you do not
    have permission to view the requested forum or category."

    This is not a glitch ... this is Apple controlling what they want you to
    read.

    MORE:
    <http://www.examiner.com/x-22397-Pro...ut-negative-Consumer-Reports-iPhone-4-review>
     
    John Navas, Jul 13, 2010
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    except that the phone has the highest ratings of all smartphones, quite
    a contradiction.

    <http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100712/consumer-reports-by-the-way-
    the-iphone-4-is-also-the-best-smartphone-on-the-market/>
     
    Guest, Jul 13, 2010
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    It looks like the iPhone 4 "death grip" drama is coming to a head: News
    broke this afternoon that Apple will be holding a press conference this
    Friday to discuss the iPhone 4.

    In typical Apple fashion, the company didn't give too much detail about
    what would be discussed at Friday's press conference, except that it
    would be about Apple's flagship smartphone, but given the press coverage
    surrounding the so-called "death grip," there's more than a good chance
    that Apple will be tackling this issue head-on.

    Needless to say, it's hard to tell as yet what will come out of this
    press conference. Earlier this week, Consumer Reports said that it
    couldn't recommend the iPhone, despite the fact that it took the top
    spot in its rankings. Some see a recall as "inevitable, while others
    have suggested that Apple should give away free Bumper cases to iPhone 4
    owners instead. Meanwhile, others have experienced glitches with the
    iPhone 4 proximity sensor.

    MORE:
    <http://www.pcworld.com/article/201158/apple_calls_iphone_4_press_conference_for_this_friday.html>
     
    John Navas, Jul 15, 2010
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    Apple Inc.’s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive
    Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the
    antenna design could lead to dropped calls, a person familiar with the
    matter said.

    Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert,
    informed Apple’s management the device’s design may hurt reception, said
    the person, who is not authorized to speak on Apple’s behalf and asked
    not to be identified. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the
    antenna before the device’s June 24 release, according to another person
    familiar with the situation.

    ....

    Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Apple, declined to comment and said he
    wouldn’t make Caballero available for an interview. Caballero didn’t
    respond to a call and an e-mail seeking comment.

    MORE:
    <http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-...obs-last-year-about-iphone-antenna-flaw.html>
     
    John Navas, Jul 15, 2010
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    And sure enough, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is on its way to AT&T. ...
    The 4-inch phone is bringing its custom Android experience to the U.S.
    on Aug. 15, complete with 8-megapixel camera, LED flash, 8GB of on-board
    memory, 2GB microSD card, and the Timescape and Mediascape UIs.

    The X10 will cost $149.99 after two-year contract and rebate.
    Off-contract pricing wasn't initially announced.

    Also not announced was what version of Android will be on board at
    launch, though we have to assume it'll be the same Android 1.6 that
    we've previously seen, and hope that it'll be upgraded later this year.
    ....

    MORE:
    <http://www.androidcentral.com/sony-ericsson-att-announce-x10-available-aug-15>
     
    John Navas, Aug 9, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    hah, a new phone ships with a year old version of android? wtf are they
    thinking? why the hell isn't it 2.2?
     
    Guest, Aug 9, 2010
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