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Google has removed The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Mirror, PirateApp, and The Pirate Bay Premium from the Google Play Store, e-mailing the respective developers behind the apps telling them their precious applications had been removed.
Torrent Freak reported: "Another drastic move came today when Google began removing many Pirate Bay related apps from its Play store. The apps in question include "The Pirate Bay Proxy," "The Pirate Bay Premium," "The Pirate Bay Mirror" and "PirateApp"." The reason for the removal of these apps is a bit tricky, as there were not any DMCA takedown notices.
The apps themselves are described as providing mobile-optimized access to The Pirate Bay, with some of the applications including a proxy site to get around the various blocks put up by various service providers. Google adds that these apps are in violation of the IP provision of its content policy. One e-mail sent to a developer said: "REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information".
If you've been using AirDroid: great, if not, you might want to check it out. AirDroid 3 is now out, a piece of software that allows you to access, and use your Android-powered devices from your desktop.
Sand Studio has announced that it has released AirDroid 3, its latest and greatest update to AirDroid that has one very big new trick up its sleeve: a native app. AirDroid can still be used from your web browser, but with a native application out now, you have a big choice. There are some features that you should know about, which might swing your decision-making process:
- Files: Transfer between a computer and an Android device.
- SMS: Receive and reply to SMS.
- Notification mirroring: Android app notifications are pushed to the desktop in real-time.
- Calls: Get incoming call alerts and reject calls with a message.
- Contacts: Manage contacts.
- Air Mirror (mirrors an Android device's display so any app can be used on a computer)
Lyft's co-founder John Zimmer has appeared in an interview with Bloomberg TV today, covering issues based around privacy questions on user data, their main competitor 'Uber' and plans for expansion throughout the new year.
As we see ride-share applications begin to hit the mainstream market, there have been reports on the downturn in the traditional Taxi business alongside some reasoning for people making the change to this new-age format.Ride-share services currently have the general reputation for being more timely and neat, this is coupled with reported issues in the past of Taxi drivers being unsafe and potentially harmful toward their customers - sparking of public outrage here in Australia and throughout other parts of the Western world.
Zimmer defended Lyft's privacy options today, stating that "We (Lyft) do not share, currently share information like this with any third party. So that's definitely something that we can talk about." He went on to mention that Lyft's user-base has skyrocketed, seeing their year-over-year rides rise by 6 times, alongside their year-to-days rides reaching a 5 times increase - which is mirrored by their revenue increase.
Snapchat has just rolled out location-based photo filters, which makes it a little easier to create, and share your own geofilters, in a way.
The new ability allows you to take a picture at a specific place, such as a beach, and then swiping to the right reveals the snapshot editing screen, showing the image overlay that reflects where you are at the time. The feature launched with support for locations like NYC and LA, but now Snapchat allows you to edit locations like weddings, street fairs,r and much more.
Mozilla has just updated Firefox for Android, providing a bunch of fixes and new features. The thing that will have Firefox for Android users talking, is that it now supports mirroring to Chromecast. The list of fixes and new features can be found below:
- Mirroring support for Chromecast
- Added support for Prefer:Safe HTTP header
- Wikipedia search now uses HTTPS (en-US only)
- Public key pinning support enabled
- Redesigned first run experience
- Device Storage API enabled
- ECMAScript 6 WeakSet
- CSS3 Font variants and features control
- MP4 video playback on Android L
- Flash does not work on Android L
- MP3 files do not play on Android L
You can grab Firefox for Android from the Google Play store, or here.
Apple saw a drastic increase in iOS App Store downloads in October, increasing from 5.5 million daily downloads up to 7.8 million downloads month-over-month, according to mobile tracking company Fiksu. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were all released in the fall, and as users upgraded to iOS 8, downloads skyrocketed.
The data covered the top 200 free iOS apps available, and a 42 percent jump compared to September - and 39 percent year-over-year - is a major success for Apple.
As of September, there are more than 1.3 million apps in the App Store, with more than 300 million visitors every week.
WhatsApp for Android is currently being updated, with the latest version providing end-to-end encryption. Previously, WhatsApp couldn't decrypt user messages, even if they wanted to for legal reasons. Most have said that it is the strongest encryption on any major text service.
The company has teamed up with Open Whisper Systems in order to usher in the secure feature, with Open Whisper responsible for multiple apps, but mostly TextSecure that had WhatsApp noticing them. This forces forward security to keep messages encrypted, even if the key is compromised in the future.
Open Whisper Systems spent around six months preparing TextSecure for WhatsApp, but at the moment it's locked to Android only. There's no word on when the iOS version will be updated, but it should roll out in the future at some point.
After private Snapchat photos were leaked online - caused by the use of third-party apps that the chat service doesn't condone using - users that install these apps could be locked out of their accounts. The service is now contacting users suspected of having third-party apps installed, informing they should change their passwords and stop using the apps.
"This is just another step in our ongoing efforts to improve the security and reliability of our services," a Snapchat representative told The Huffington Post, not confirming if the move is to prevent a potential future security breach.
The service started sending the following message to those believed to be using third-party apps: "We've noticed that you're using a third-party application to access Snapchat, putting yourself (and possibly your friends) at risk. Please change your password and stop using third-party applications when you access Snapchat."
Netflix has just enabled 1080p content for Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus, with the company updating its iOS application so that the higher-resolution iPhone can now enjoy Full HD content.
The latest app is now capable of 1080p playback, just like its older Android 4.3 counterparts. The new Netflix for iOS app has a few other improvements for iOS 8, as well as improved Chromecast streaming.
While Spotify and Pandora continue to scoop up millions of users, SoundCloud is preparing its own paid subscription service that has seen the company team up with Warner Music Group. Warner being one of the biggest music distributors in the world doesn't hurt now, does it?
SoundCloud's paid subscription service will use its ad program On SoundCloud, and will begin sometime early next year. The program will allow artists granular control over how their content is made available to fans, and how they can make money from it. We don't know much else about the subscription plan, but when we do, you can be sure we'll be here reporting on it.