“The Rift is an open platform,” said Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, one month ago. “We don’t control what software can run on it, and that’s a big deal.” A day later, dozens of headlines proudly proclaimed that Oculus wouldn’t block virtual reality porn. Sadly, it’s not true. Not the porn part... and maybe not the open…
Another day, another cynicism-inducing reminder that the NSA hasn’t just been unlawfully dragnet spying on our digital lives—it has also rigged up new and complicated techniques to do so, like hijacking app stores to put spyware on smartphones.
It's that time of year where you have to start gifting, and you'll find yourself faced with all sorts of deep, important questions. Here's one to get you started: Is it tacky to give an app store gift card as a gift?
Do you remember when we heard that Amazon was creating its own app store for the Android platform? Further details have been shared about the store, which will compete with Google's own app store in the US this year.
Are iPhone owners more willing to pay for applications than Android owners? Or are Android developers just more interested in giving away their apps?
App store analytics firm Distimo recently released a bunch of juicy info about the major mobile app stores, and the results are pretty interesting. For one, Android has a much higher proportion of free apps.
The phrase "app store" has quickly become the most annoyingly buzzy term of the summer—who doesn't have one nowadays? Up until about four seconds ago, if you answered "OS X" you would've been right.
Why does the iPhone get its own app roundup every week? W-w-what about the rest of us? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THIS SMARTPHONE? We should explain.