CNN: Marketers are gathering data on your kids from the apps they use, study finds

CNN: Marketers are gathering data on your kids from the apps they use, study finds. “Your preschooler’s privacy is likely being violated by the child-centered games or educational apps he or she is playing — perhaps on your very own smartphone or tablet — in direct violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. That’s the shocking finding of a new study analyzing how developers collect and share personal digital information while children are using many of the tens of thousands of digital apps created for kids — a trend that is on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic as more and more children shelter and study at home.”

Reuters: Australian watchdog to examine competition between Apple, Google app stores

Reuters: Australian watchdog to examine competition between Apple, Google app stores. “Australia’s competition regulator on Tuesday said it would look into the extent of competition between the app stores of Apple Inc AAPL.O and Google, and also examine whether more pricing transparency is needed in the country’s mobile apps market.”

Gizmodo: Prison Phone App Exposes Millions of Inmate Messages and Personal Data

Gizmodo: Prison Phone App Exposes Millions of Inmate Messages and Personal Data. “As many incarcerated individuals are having their visiting privileges restricted due to the global pandemic, Telmate’s Getting Out app has become one of the only options that families separated by incarceration have to keep in touch. But according to research published today, hundreds of millions of intimate messages from many millions of inmates were sitting exposed on the web.”

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do. “Another week, another batch of sketchy Android apps purged from the Google Play store. This time, it’s a group of nearly 60 apps that promised you free footwear, coupons or concert tickets if you left the apps installed. But the apps actually downloaded a secret web browser and used it to perform ad fraud — displaying hidden ads you’d never see but for which the app makers got paid.”

Phys .org: The music app that helps school children play in socially distanced orchestras

Phys .org: The music app that helps school children play in socially distanced orchestras. “A team of musicians, composers, technologists and performers at the University of Sussex have developed an app called Syncphonia, which helps students to play music in socially distanced ensembles. Pupils can follow scores on iPads, meaning that they never need to lose their place—something which can be a source of frustration and loss of confidence for children learning to play music.”

Reuters: Russian lawmaker tries to curb mobile app payouts for Apple and Google

Reuters: Russian lawmaker tries to curb mobile app payouts for Apple and Google . “A Russian lawmaker submitted draft legislation on Tuesday that would cut and cap the commission on the sale of mobile applications by tech giants Apple and Google. The bill, submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament by lawmaker Fedot Tumusov, stipulates that commissions on the sale of applications be capped at 20%. Apple currently collects a 30% commission on sales in its App Store.”

Bustle: 3 Free Apps That Make It Easy To Edit TikTok Videos

Bustle: 3 Free Apps That Make It Easy To Edit TikTok Videos . “There is a plethora of different video-editing apps out there for you to try your hand at. But picking the right editing app for you takes a little time. Plus, if you aren’t in the mood to drop some cash on editing apps, filtering apps that are free is important as well. Lucky for you, you don’t have to spend time scrolling through the hundreds of different apps available to you in the App Store. There are a few solid fan-favorites out there when it comes to editing apps for TikTok videos — and the best part is that they’re all free. This way, you can make fun and creative TikTok videos without breaking the bank. Win, win!”

Washington Post: I downloaded America’s first coronavirus exposure app. You should too.

Washington Post: I downloaded America’s first coronavirus exposure app. You should too.. “For the past week and a half, 35 Washington Post staff members have been helping me test America’s first exposure-notification app using technology from Apple and Google. It’s called Covidwise, and works in the state of Virginia. Made by state health departments, similar apps are also now available in North Dakota (Care19 Alert), Wyoming (also called Care19 Alert), and Alabama (Guidesafe). A Pennsylvania app is due to arrive in September and will be compatible with one from Delaware. In total, 20 states and territories are developing apps that will cover nearly half the U.S. population. (We’ll continue to update as more arrive.)”

Exclusive: Facebook says Apple rejected its attempt to tell users about App Store fees (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Facebook says Apple rejected its attempt to tell users about App Store fees. “Facebook Inc on Thursday told Reuters that Apple Inc rejected its attempt to tell users the iPhone maker would take a 30% cut of sales in a new online events feature, forcing Facebook to remove the message to get the tool to users.”

One size may not fit all: BILH psychiatrists develop mental health app assessment tool (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: One size may not fit all: BILH psychiatrists develop mental health app assessment tool. “About one in five U.S. adults, an estimated 47 million people, lives with a mental illness. Fewer than half of them receive treatment, counseling or medication. In recent years, smartphone apps have emerged as potentially cost-effective means of expanding access to mental healthcare. But with some 10,000 mental health apps — which are not subject to FDA oversight — available in mobile app stores today, the task of determining which apps are safe and effective can seem overwhelming to patients and providers alike.”

US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls

US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was scheduled to roll out the free app for both Android and Apple phones on Thursday. Owners key in or scan their 17-digit vehicle identification number, and the app will search the agency’s database for recalls. If there is one, the app will send an alert, the agency says. People also can add child seats, trailers and tires, and the app will check those for recalls.”

BetaNews: Celebrate 25 years of Microsoft Windows 95 by running it on Windows 10, macOS or Linux — here’s how

BetaNews: Celebrate 25 years of Microsoft Windows 95 by running it on Windows 10, macOS or Linux — here’s how . “If you’re looking for a way to feel particularly old, the news that Windows 95 was released a quarter of a century ago today should do it. You can read my recollections of its launch here. If that’s not enough nostalgia for you, why not experience Microsoft’s game changing OS for yourself, by running Slack developer Felix Rieseberg’s app version.”

CNET: Apple says WordPress doesn’t have to add in-app purchases

CNET: Apple says WordPress doesn’t have to add in-app purchases. “Apple’s remarks come after WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg tweeted Friday that Apple was going to cut off updates and bug fixes to the open-source software app unless it committed to supporting in-app purchases for WordPress’ payment plans.”

CNN: Scared of going back to the office? Companies hope these apps will help

CNN: Scared of going back to the office? Companies hope these apps will help. “Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Siemens (SIEGY) has raced to give its workplace app Comfy a makeover for the coronavirus era. Want to reserve an open desk as offices are rearranged for social distancing? Check. Need to locate your coworkers? Check. Looking to book a conference room that’s big enough for two people to stay six feet apart? That’s taken care of, too.”

CanIndia News: Google removes thousands of apps for spreading fake poll info

CanIndia News: Google removes thousands of apps for spreading fake poll info. “Google has removed thousands of apps for engaging in deceptive behaviour, distributing misleading information such as altering media clips or sending fake text messages in the run-up to November presidential election in the US. The company said that as mobile apps disseminate voting information and increasingly support voting activity, it is on the job to ensure safety and transparency for app users.”