The 5 Worst Kinds of Apps to Download

In 2013, both Google Play and the Apple App Store passed the one million app mark. And if you’re a cynic (or realist), that means more crap than ever to weed through. At best, these crap-apps will inundate you with in-app ads, but be otherwise harmless. At worst, many of the apps are downright scams—taking your money without providing the […]

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4 Apps That Will Save You Time

Modern life comes with many hassles that eat up your precious time. There’s sorting through the daily influx of junk mail, waiting on hold for customer service and trying to find a parking spot when you’re late for an appointment, to name a few. Fortunately, there are apps to help you deal with all these inconveniences. We list the best […]

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Why the FTC’s Report That Flunks App Companies on Child Privacy Isn’t Enough

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a sobering report on Monday about the state of app privacy. And not just any apps — specifically mobile ones used by kids. The report, titled “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade,” looked at Google Play and Apple‘s App Store and found that a majority of vendors don’t divulge information […]

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Scan This! Target Encourages Shoppers to Scan Items with Smartphones Nationwide

Some shoppers have felt the need to stealthily scan items in stores with their smartphones. They’d rather not be accused of “showrooming,” the practice in which one scopes out merchandise in a brick-and-mortar store, only to purchase it online—at Amazon, likely—for less money. This week, though, Target began actively encouraging mobile phone scans nationwide. The free Shopkick app can now […]

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The Mobile Web: Dead or On Hiatus?

Remember the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)? Before smartphones, it seemed as though everyone was building mobile versions of their websites in WAP form. This even happened again for a short while with smartphones until app stores arrived. Now it seems more attention is being paid to making apps than making versions of websites optimized for smartphones screens. Given the app […]

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