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Flutter - Beautiful native apps in record time
Flutter is Google’s mobile app SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android in record time. Flutter works with existing code, is used by developers and organizations around the world, and is free and open source.
mobile  android  ios 
3 days ago by wheely
Daring Fireball: How Square Made Its Own iPad Replacement
Lauren Goode, writing for Wired:
If you know the company Square, it’s probably because you’ve paid in a store using a Square “stand”, a dock that supports a tablet, or you’ve swiped your card through Square Reader, a smartphone dongle that processes payments. These products have a soothing, decidedly Apple-y aesthetic, from the simple dongle to the all-white stand that typically houses an iPad. But since late last year, Square has been quietly selling its own custom-made tablet, the Square Register, a $999, Android-based system. And the company has taken an obsessive approach to designing the product.
There’s a local coffee house I like that recently installed these, and they’re pretty neat. The two-screen design makes sense for a two-person interaction. Also, Square’s Apple Pay support is top-notch — in my experience Square’s Apple Pay readers are more accurate and work faster than the dinguses from their competition.
apple_pay  square  ipad  android  store  daring_fireball 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Measure - quick, everyday measurements - Apps on Google Play
Project Tango apps now can run on any ARcore capable device apparently
google  android  app  software  project  tango  3D  AR  ARcore  measure  measuring  tools  utilities 
3 days ago by asteroza
60,000 Android devices hit by battery-saving app attack • Tripwire
Graham Cluley on a scam that "warns" you that your (Android) device - which it names, by some HTML-grabbing functionality - has a problem and recommends the app (and the only way to stop it is to kill the web page):
<p>So what happens if you do go to the Google Play store and install the battery-saving app being touted by the fake warning?

The first thing that should ring alarm bells in you is that the app demands access to a disturbing array of permissions including:

• Read sensitive log data
• Receive text messages (SMS)
• Receive data from Internet
• Pair with Bluetooth devices
• Full network access
• Modify system settings
I can’t think of any legitimate reason why a genuine battery-saving app would ever need such invasive abilities, which in combination with the app’s other functionality allows it to steal a user’s phone number, location, and details about their device including its IMEI number.

And so it comes as something of a surprise to discover that the Advanced Battery Saver app actually does live up to its advertising – monitoring a device’s battery status, killing unwanted background processes that consume significant resources, and making other attempts to keep batteries running for longer.

And it’s this strange dichotomy – the good and the bad behavior – which leads the researchers to speculate that the battery-saving app was perhaps originally designed to perform its intended advertised function (and to fulfill only that purpose) before being extended by its creators into underhand methods of income generation.</p>

There's no money in standard apps at that level now, if there ever was.

Chief among those is the app’s request for access to a user’s SMS text messages. One installed, the battery-saving app recruits devices into an ad-clicking scam, with the app “clicking” on advertising links it is sent via SMS to earn more income for the fraudsters behind the scheme.
android  malware 
3 days ago by charlesarthur

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