Ars Technica: 22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor

Ars Technica: 22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor. “Almost two dozen apps with more than 2 million downloads have been removed from the Google Play market after researchers found they contained a device-draining backdoor that allowed them to surreptitiously download files from an attacker-controlled server.”

Tech Xplore: StorySign app converts text in children’s books to sign language

Tech Xplore: StorySign app converts text in children’s books to sign language. “A team of researchers and engineers at Huawei AI has come up with a unique way to help deaf children learn to read sign language—by using AI and augmented reality to interpret printed books. They have also hit on a way to help deaf children develop enjoyment in reading.”

Medium: Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone

Medium: Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone. “Over the years, as new apps came out — Facebook, Instagram, news, games, etc — I installed them. They were shiny, they were free, and they helped me ‘get my money’s worth’ out of my phone. Every app created new responsibilities. More inboxes to check and more feeds to read. Every app latched onto my brain, tethering my phone to my skull with invisible string.”

Lifehacker: The Best iPhone Podcast Managers for 2018

Lifehacker: The Best iPhone Podcast Managers for 2018. “Almost everyone loves listening to podcasts. Nobody, however, loves picking out an app to be their podcast listening hub. Since we last got the lay of the podcast-app land in 2015, digital audio has become way more popular and, as a result, there are more podcast managers than ever out there. After testing just under 20 of the most popular podcast listening apps, I have a pair of definitive recommendations for what you should use to manage podcasts on your iPhone and/or iPad.”

CNET: A Chinese translation app is censoring politically sensitive terms, report says

CNET: A Chinese translation app is censoring politically sensitive terms, report says . “More Chinese tech firms are erring on the side of caution when it comes to policing content on their platforms. iFlytek, a voice recognition technology provider in China, has begun censoring politically sensitive terms from its translation app, South China Morning Post reported citing a tweet by Jane Manchun Wong.”

Washington Post: Inside TikTok, the premier app for firefighters who enjoy lip-syncing to ‘Baby Shark’

Washington Post: Inside TikTok, the premier app for firefighters who enjoy lip-syncing to ‘Baby Shark’ . “Camille Gates’s husband would stare at his phone for long stretches of time, laughing at amateur music videos on an app called TikTok. Look, he showed Gates, nurses like her were on TikTok, dancing in their scrubs at work. He persuaded Gates to join. One week later, the 30-year-old in rural Wisconsin had nearly 50,000 TikTok fans.”

Mashable: Reclaiming our Mohawk heritage, one app-supplied word at a time

Mashable: Reclaiming our Mohawk heritage, one app-supplied word at a time. “Some nights when I put my four-year-old daughter to bed, after we’ve read through her latest favourite library books, she asks me to teach her some Mohawk words. Mohawk is the language of my mother, and besides the numbers one through 10 and various farm animals, my children don’t hear any of these words spoken in our house, or their grandparents’ house. So on those nights, I open the Speak Mohawk app on my iPhone.”