CNET: Looks like Tweetbot, Twitterrific and other Twitter apps are going to be crippled. “The reported change means the Tweetbot app is expected to lose several useful features, including instant timeline streaming on Wi-Fi, and push notifications for likes, retweets, follows and quotes. The changes are also expected to affect its Apple Watch app. After the API changes take effect, timelines will refresh every one to two minutes and push notifications will experience a similar delay, according to 9to5Mac. Neither Tapbots nor Twitter immediately responded to a request for comment.” The continuing saga of Twitter being awful to third-party developers.
eWeek: Google Removes 145 Malware-Laden Apps From Play Store. “Google has removed 145 Android applications from its Play mobile app store after a security vendor discovered them to be infected with malware for stealing data from Windows computers.”
The Atlantic: As Memes Evolve, Apps Are Struggling to Keep Up. “Last year, Alex, a 19-year-old in California who runs a network of Instagram pages dedicated to publishing memes, became so frustrated with the current apps for making memes that she hired a developer to build her own. She spent $3,000 on the project, which she says has saved her hours of time and frustration.”
Nieman Lab: With “Your Feed,” The New York Times lets iOS users follow topics and journalists (in a non-overwhelming way). “The Times publishes around 160 articles a day, and most of those will never be on the homepage of the app or in the section fronts. ‘Your Feed’ is designed to help readers follow content they might miss otherwise. They can select from 24 channels to follow — some organized around section or topic (‘From the Magazine,’ ‘Gender & Society,’ ‘The Mueller Investigation,’ ‘Books of the Week’), others based on specific columnists (Nicholas Kristoff, Farhad Manjoo’s State of the Art column).”
Mashable: Facebook cuts off access to user data for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of apps. “Facebook has just blocked a truckload of apps from accessing its user’s data. Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for ‘hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.’ That’s a lot of random, dormant apps that had access.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Calming Apps to Relax, Destress, and Clear Your Mind. “It has probably happened to all of us at some time in our lives. The world can feel like it’s going 1 million miles a minute and you’re left in the dust. Whether work is is dragging you down and causing fatigue or something else in your personal life is causing stress, you’re not alone. And the good news is that there are a number of calming apps—on both iOS and Android—that can help you destress and clear your mind.”
TechCrunch: Google follows in Apple’s footsteps by cleaning up its Play Store . “Google is cracking down on the apps published to the Play Store. An updated version of the company’s Developer Policy, released this week, indicates the company will now ban a wider variety of apps including cryptocurrency miners, those selling firearms and accessories, those that aim to trick children into downloading adult-themed apps, and apps built using automated tools or wizard services, or based on templates.”