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Google ousts 21 malicious applications from Android Market, user handsets [Updated]

March 2nd, 2011

While investigating several Android Market applications that appeared to be duplicates, Reddit user lompolo discovered several apps that provide an extra, and definitely unwanted, service. The applications in question contain an exploit that, when downloaded, automatically root the Android handset. Not only that, the apps — 21 in total — also contain an embedded .apk file …

NVIDIA launches Tegra Zone app; Tegra-optimized games now at your fingertips

March 2nd, 2011

Chip manufacturer NVIDIA today announced the release of the Tegra Zone application for Android smartphones and tablets. Available in the Android Market, Tegra Zone “delivers a curated selection of Tegra processor-optimized games, as well as professional game reviews, high-res screenshots, HD video trailers, gameplay videos and behind-the-scenes featurettes.” Launch titles currently available in TZ include Samurai …

Apple, Microsoft continue battle over ‘App Store’ trademark

March 1st, 2011

Although corporate lawsuits are, for the most part, dull and boring, they can occasionally provide comedic relief. Back in January, we told you about a little nomenclature spat brewing between technology giants Microsoft and Apple. The Redmond-based Windows maker filed a complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office claiming that Apple was attempting to trademark …

GoToMyPC finally launches for the iPad [video]

March 1st, 2011

If you’re a GoToMyPC fan, theres one thing you’ve been waiting for since Apple first introduced the iPhone: an iOS app. LogMeIn has had a successful app for iPhone and iPads, and now GoToMyPC is finally in the ring. GoToMyPC for iPad is a free app that features full remote desktop viewing and control, and …

FaceTime for Mac exits beta, costs 99¢ in the Mac App Store

February 24th, 2011

Apple’s FaceTime video chat service for Mac exited beta on Thursday to coincide with the release of the company’s refreshed MacBook Pro line. It also comes bearing a new price tag: 99¢. FaceTime is Apple’s branded video calling service that allows Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and soon, iPad users to make video calls for free …

Verizon Wireless updates V CAST music service for Android

February 22nd, 2011

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a revamped version of its V CAST Music app for Android smartphones. The carrier’s new V CAST Music app combines all of its music-related VCAST services, allowing users to purchase full tracks, ringtones and ringback tones from a single application. Song downloads range in price from $0.69 to $1.29 per …

Yobongo for iPhone hands-on

February 21st, 2011

Yobongo, if you haven’t heard, is a new iPhone app that meshes location-aware messaging with a chatroom-like environment, and it’s kind of amazing. By using a custom algorhytm and different variables including your location, people you have chatted with previously, or even people you know, Yobongo connects you with up to around 10 people in …

RIM, TAT show off gorgeous BlackBerry PlayBook apps at MWC [video]

February 17th, 2011

RIM might have the enterprise market squarely in its sights with the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but the sleek device is hardly all business. At Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, recent RIM acquisition The Astonishing Tribe was on hand to show off two applications built to demo some of the QNX-powered PlayBook’s capabilities. And as can …

Apple’s App Store is bad for consumers, AT&T CEO says

February 16th, 2011

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson gave a keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, during which he shared some interesting thoughts surrounding Apple’s iOS App Store. Stephenson expressed some distaste for the way Apple’s application ecosystem is set up at the moment, saying customers shouldn’t have to lose all of their apps if they switch …