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Understanding Uber: It's Not About The App
the next time you see a link to a petition or someone raging about this decision being ‘anti-innovation’, remember Greyball. Remember the Metropolitan Police letter [regarding several sexual assaults which Uber didn't report to police]. Remember that this is about holding ULL, as a company, to the same set of standards to which every other mini-cab operator in London already complies. Most of all though remember: it is not about the app.
uber  ull  safety  crime  london  assault  greyball  taxis  cabs  apps 
10 hours ago by jm
NetGuard
Excellent network monitor app for Android, comes recommended by @redacted in the ITC Slack. Inserts itself as a VPN to capture traffic, and looks like it should work well. Supports ad blocking using a hosts file.
android  ad-blocking  ads  netguard  apps 
january 2017 by jm
The Internet Thinks I’m Still Pregnant - The New York Times
This is pretty awful -- an accidental, careless and brutal side effect of marketers passing on sensitive info to one another, without respect for their users' privacy:

'I hadn’t realized, however, that when I had entered my information into the pregnancy app, the company would then share it with marketing groups targeting new mothers. Although I logged my miscarriage into the app and stopped using it, that change in status apparently wasn’t passed along. Seven months after my miscarriage, mere weeks before my due date, I came home from work to find a package on my welcome mat. It was a box of baby formula bearing the note: “We may all do it differently, but the joy of parenthood is something we all share.”'
privacy  pregnancy  miscarriage  data-protection  apps  babies  parenthood 
september 2016 by jm
Unbundling Pokémon Go
tl;dr: on Android, it's a Unity app, talking HTTPS to the backend, using protobuf over HTTP. Interesting notes about the use of certificate pinning and how they should be doing that
https  http  protobuf  pokemon-go  pokemon  apps  android  reversing 
july 2016 by jm
Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps
As I’ll explain, messenger apps’ apparent success in fulfilling such a surprising array of tasks does not owe to the triumph of “conversational UI.” What they’ve achieved can be much more instructively framed as an adept exploitation of Silicon Valley phone OS makers’ growing failure to fully serve users’ needs, particularly in other parts of the world. Chat apps have responded by evolving into “meta-platforms.” Many of the platform-like aspects they’ve taken on to plaster over gaps in the OS actually have little to do with the core chat functionality. Not only is “conversational UI” a red herring, but as we look more closely, we’ll even see places where conversational UI has breached its limits and broken down.
apps  bots  chatops  chat  ui  messaging  silicon-valley  agents  alexa  siri  phones 
april 2016 by jm
isign
Let's see how long this lasts:
Today Sauce Labs is proud to open-source isign. isign can take an iOS app that was authorized to run only on one developer’s phone, and transform it so it can run on another developer’s phone. 

This is not a hack around Apple’s security. We figured out how Apple’s code signing works and re-implemented it in Python. So now you can use our isign utility anywhere – even on Linux!
signing  apple  code-signing  pki  ios  iphone  apps 
february 2016 by jm
Pixelmator
Image editing tool for the Mac, recommended by Oisin
images  design  graphics  mac  osx  tools  apps 
december 2015 by jm
Someone discovered that the Facebook iOS application is composed of over 18,000 classes. : programming
_FBGraphQLConnectionStorePersistentPageLoaderOperationDelegate-Protocol.h
_FBReactionAcornSportsContentSettingsSetShouldNotPushNotificationsMutationCall.h
FBBoostedComponentCreateInputDataCreativeObjectStorySpecLinkDataCallToActionValue.h
FBEventUpdateNotificationSubscriptionLevelMutationOptimisticPayloadFactoryProtocol-Protocol.h


I just threw up a little.

See also https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-engineering/under-the-hood-dalvik-patch-for-facebook-for-android/10151345597798920 , in which the FB Android devs happily reveal that they hot-patch the Dalvik VM at runtime to work around a limit -- rather than refactoring their app.
facebook  horrors  coding  ios  android  dalvik  hot-patching  apps 
august 2015 by jm
Apple Appstore STATUS_CODE_ERROR causes worldwide service problems
Particularly notable for this horrific misfeature, noted by jgc:
I can't commit code at CloudFlare because we use two-factor auth for the VPN (and everything else) and non-Apple apps on my iPhone are asking for my iTunes password. Tried airplane mode and apps simply don't load at all!


That is a _disastrous_ policy choice by Apple. Does this mean Apple can shut down third-party app operation on iOS devices worldwide should they feel like it?
2fa  authy  apps  ios  apple  ownership  itunes  outages  appstore  fail  jgc 
march 2015 by jm
Anatomy of a Hack
Authy doesn't come off well here:

'Authy should have been harder to break. It's an app, like Authenticator, and it never left Davis' phone. But Eve simply reset the app on her phone using a mail.com address and a new confirmation code, again sent by a voice call. A few minutes after 3AM, the Authy account moved under Eve's control.'
authy  security  hacking  mfa  authentication  google  apps  exploits 
march 2015 by jm
Monodraw
nice, free-during-beta Mac app to draw ASCII-art diagrams
art  ascii  mac  apps  monodraw 
march 2015 by jm
Announcing UberPool, Carpooling with Uber
Ah, I was waiting for this; rest-of-world-style carpooling on demand, in an app. Great stuff
via:belong.io  carpooling  uber  ride-sharing  apps  taxi  travel  uberpool 
august 2014 by jm
Oisin's mobile app release checklist
'This form is to document the testing that has been done on each app version before submitting to the App Store. For each item, indicate Yes if the testing has been done, Not Applicable if the testing does not apply (eg testing audio for an app that doesn’t play any), or No if the testing has not been done for another reason.'
apps  checklists  release  coding  ios  android  mobile  ohurley 
may 2014 by jm
Daring Fireball: Rethinking What We Mean by 'Mobile Web'
We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think of the web as anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS. Apps and websites are peers, not competitors. They’re all just clients to the same services.

+1. Finally, a Daring Fireball post I agree with.
daring-fireball  apps  web  http  https  mobile  apple  android  browsers 
april 2014 by jm
homebrew-cask
Install Mac apps using "brew". Nicely done (via Marc)
via:marc  mac  terminal  brew  packaging  apps  software  osx 
march 2014 by jm
Forecast.io
Excellent weather site, displaying beautifully interpolated rainfall visualization, from the team behind the Dark Sky app
weather  ireland  dark-sky  apps  iphone  ipad  forecast  rain  dataviz  mapping  via:marcomorain 
july 2013 by jm
A History Of Ireland In 100 Objects
Now free!
The Royal Irish Academy, the National Museum of Ireland, and The Irish Times are collaborating with the EU Presidency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Adobe to bring you a gift of A History of Ireland in 100 objects ‘from the people of Ireland to the people of the world’ for St Patrick’s Day. It is available as an interactive app for Apple iPhone and iPad, for most Android tablets and on the Kindle Fire, from our website, as well as associated app stores. You can also experience the book on your computer, smartphone or eReader by clicking on the 'eBook' button below. The gift is free to download until the end of March. 
free  st-patricks-day  museum  ireland  history  objects  eu  apps  iphone  ipad  android  books  ebooks 
march 2013 by jm
Dropbox Sync API
Give your app its own private Dropbox client and leave the syncing to us.
apps  dropbox  synchronization  sync  ios  android  api 
march 2013 by jm
the talking cat of azawad
Utilizing an iPhone/Android App known as “Talking Tom Cat”, the tool has been transformed into a new media mouthpiece, addressing very specific particulars of the conflict that are glossed over by international media: alliances between MNLA and Ansar Dine, critiques of hypocrisy of the MUJAO factions, and ousting of corrupt politicians.
apps  wtf  politics  talking-tom-cat  bizarre  tuareg  africa  via:neilmajor 
february 2013 by jm
PGP founder, Navy SEALs uncloak encrypted comms biz • The Register
'The company, called Silent Circle, will launch later this year, when $20 a month will buy you encrypted email, text messages, phone calls, and videoconferencing in a package that looks to be strong enough to have the NSA seriously worried. Zimmermann says that surveillance by the state and others has increased vastly over the last few years, and privacy improvement are again needed. "At the very least I want people, as part of their right in a free society to be able to communicate securely," he said in a promotional video. "I should be able to whisper in your ear, even if your ear is a thousand miles away." [...] While software can handle most of the work, there still needs to be a small backend of servers to handle traffic. The company surveyed the state of privacy laws around the world and found that the top three choices were Switzerland, Iceland, and Canada, so they went for the one within driving distance.'
pgp  phil-zimmermann  privacy  crypto  silent-circle  apps  vc  security 
june 2012 by jm
The Silencing of Maya
software patent shakedown threatens to remove a 4-year-old's only means of verbal expression: 'Maya can speak to us, clearly, for the first time in her life. We are hanging on her every word. We’ve learned that she loves talking about the days of the week, is weirdly interested in the weather, and likes to pretend that her toy princesses are driving the bus to school (sometimes) and to work (other times). This app has not only allowed her to communicate her needs, but her thoughts as well. It’s given us the gift of getting to know our child on a totally different level. I’ve been so busy embracing this new reality and celebrating, that I kind of forgot that there was an ongoing lawsuit, until last Monday. When Speak for Yourself was removed from the iTunes store.'
speak-for-yourself  children  law  swpats  patenting  stories  ipad  apps 
june 2012 by jm
Dark Sky - Weather Prediction, Reinvented by Adam Grossman & Jack Turner — Kickstarter
Yes! short-term weather prediction and dataviz. I've been vaguely considering ideas along these lines recently, but these guys have gone much further. US residents, fund it -- I really hope this gets made and makes it to Ireland...
crowdfunding  weather  apps  cool  dataviz  visualization 
november 2011 by jm
Apple rips off student's rejected iPhone app
'Wi-Fi Sync' was rejected from the App Store last May -- and a year later, iOS 5 is released with the same feature. what a coincidence! 'Hughes said Wi-Fi Sync was rejected from the iTunes App Store in May, 2010, one month after he submitted it. He said an iPhone developer relations representative named Steve Rea personally called him prior to sending a formal rejection email to say the app was admirable, but went on to explain there were unspecified security concerns and that it did things not specified in the official iPhone software developers' kit. “They did say that the iPhone engineering team had looked at it and were impressed,” Hughes told El Reg. “They asked for my CV as well.”'
apple  walled-garden  protectionism  iphone  wifi  syncing  apps  ip  rip-offs 
june 2011 by jm
Cydia app recommendations
good tips from a forum thread on MacRumors -- quite a few new ones I hadn't tried before
iphone  cydia  jailbreaking  apps  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
iControl
a  $4.99 Cydia-installed tweak for jailbroken iPhones -- turn off the 3G radio entirely, switching down to the much more economical 2G radio, when the device is locked or on wifi.  This really should be a built-in feature of iOS
iphone  batteries  battery-life  apps  tweaks  cydia  jailbreaking  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
BikeDroid
Warren's Android app to track DublinBike availability: 'Use BikeDroid to locate the nearest free bike or stand to you. Get real-time status of all bike stands displayed on a map of your city.'
bikes  dublinbikes  apps  android  mobile  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Dublin Bikes 2 Go!
'an [unofficial] mobile web application that the public can use to find 'Dublin Bikes' stations and information about bike availability'
bikes  dublin  dublinbikes  cycling  mobile  apps  iphone  android  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Y Combinator Funding Application for Dropbox
having worked on a product which was tangentially a Dropbox competitor, this is fascinating. they have good tech and great smarts, and of course a great foundation in S3
dropbox  business  ideas  y-combinator  products  design  apps  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
good investigation into an Android WebKit exploit
already fixed in Froyo, but still -- interesting write-up from Sophos. good to see Google have chosen to separate all apps into individual uids, too
froyo  google  apps  phones  smartphones  android  webkit  exploits  security  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Why Jailbreak? - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
some good Cydia app tips. also glad to see piracy didn't appear 'til page 3
cydia  jailbreak  iphone  apps  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
JotNot for iPhone
another scanner. take a photo, fix contrast, geometry, shadows etc. then upload to Evernote, Dropbox, and/or Google Docs. EUR1.59 for this one
apps  document  evernote  iphone  jotnot  scanner  scan  photos  dropbox  google-docs  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
DocScanner
document scanner app for the iPhone/Android smartphones; take a photo of a doc, it'll fix geometry, remove shadows, white balance and sharpen appropriately, generate PDFs and image files, and upload to Evernote for OCRing. EUR4.99 though
android  apps  evernote  iphone  mobile  ocr  pdf  document  scanner  scan  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
Contributing to Open street map with an iPhone
suggests using the OSMTrack app, start driving, upload and that's it
openstreetmap  osm  apps  iphone  gps  open-data  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
SoundCloud Developers Manifesto
'We recognize that only through your apps and hacks, can SoundCloud fully realize its potential as the audio platform.'
apps  hacks  soundcloud  mp3  music  hosting  files  json  rest  oauth  apis  http  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Lonely Planet offers free iPhone guides to stranded travelers
free (excellent) city guide apps for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna until April 22nd; normally $10-$15!
lonely-planet  free  iphone  apps  travel  europe  cities  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
City of Portland develops iPhone app to report city infrastructure problems
ie. take a pic of a pothole and it'll be reported up to the appropriate office quickly and without hassle. wow. are you watching, Dublin?
portland  cool  iphone  apps  potholes  infrastructure  city  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Grooveshark Mobile for iPhone
nifty, an official app for this music-streaming site -- although for jailbroken iPhones only
jailbreaking  iphone  music  grooveshark  streaming  mp3  apps  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
pwnat - NAT to NAT client-server communication
'a proxy server that works behind a NAT, even when the client is behind a NAT, without any 3rd party'. nifty, by Samy "MySpace worm" Kamkar
samy-kamkar  apps  firewall  ip  nat  networking  pwnat  stun  traversal  tcp  sysadmin  tunneling  udp  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
Humblog - Philip Kirwan Ripped Off My iPhone App Content
ouch, nasty allegations. Strikes me that there's a chicken/egg problem: scraping the Dublin Bus website to build a database which you then sell as part of a commercial iPhone app is probably pretty shaky ground to start with
ip  databases  collation  collections  dublin-bus  iphone  apps  scraping  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
Malicious App In Android Market
phisher creates a banking app for Android phones which relays the authorization details to another site, possible because of insufficient app vetting (via Mulley)
apps  iphone  android  smartphones  phones  mobile  phishing  security  banking  fraud  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
Apps.ie
Irish-made iPhone apps. there's a surprising number of 'em
iphone  ireland  irish  apps  mobile  from delicious
september 2009 by jm

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