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    Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them / ArsTechnica · 4 days ago - 13:53

Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them

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Google and Apple have removed hundreds of apps from their app stores at the request of governments around the world, creating regional disparities in access to mobile apps at a time when many economies are becoming increasingly dependent on them .

The mobile phone giants have removed over 200 Chinese apps , including widely downloaded apps like TikTok, at the Indian government’s request in recent years. Similarly, the companies removed LinkedIn, an essential app for professional networking, from Russian app stores at the Russian government’s request .

However, access to apps is just one concern. Developers also regionalize apps , meaning they produce different versions for different countries. This raises the question of whether these apps differ in their security and privacy capabilities based on region.

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    L’appli Truth Social de Trump a un problème : elle est privée de Google Play / Numerama · Wednesday, 31 August - 17:45

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Une modération insuffisante est en cause, selon Google. Si Truth Social ne fait pas un effort adéquat, l'application restera à l'écart. [Lire la suite]

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    Si vous avez l’une de ces apps de nettoyage, supprimez-la : c’est un logiciel malveillant / Numerama · Monday, 1 August - 12:16

La société d'antivirus McAfee a repéré une douzaine d'apps frauduleuses dissimulant un adware. Ce logiciel permettait de diffuser des publicités à chaque fois que l'utilisateur lançait une application. [Lire la suite]

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    Pour ses dix ans, Google Play s’offre un petit changement / JournalDuGeek · Thursday, 28 July - 06:30

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Vous n’avez rien remarqué ? Le Play Store fête ses dix ans et Google a décidé de lui offrir un nouveau logo. La firme revient également sur l’évolution de son magasin d’applications.

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    Vérifiez si vous n’avez pas téléchargé l’une de ces applications frauduleuses sur Google Play / Numerama · Thursday, 28 July - 06:04

Une société en cybersécurité a dévoilé une liste d'applications contenant des logiciels malveillants. Si la majorité d'entre elles ont été retirées de Google Play, trois applis sont encore disponibles. [Lire la suite]

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    Thanks to subscriptions, iPhone apps finally made more money than games / ArsTechnica · Friday, 15 July - 20:29

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Throughout the short history of smartphone apps, games have consistently driven more revenue than non-gaming app categories. But that has finally changed in the United States, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

The shift began in May 2022. By June, 50.3 percent of US consumer spending on apps was on non-game apps like TikTok, Netflix, and Tinder. Spending on non-game apps has recently grown at twice the rate as spending on games. Game spending was exploding at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019 and early 2020, but by late 2020, non-gaming apps caught up, and they surpassed games in 2021.

This has been driven in part by the shift so many apps have made to a subscription-based model of late. For years, games generated more revenue not necessarily because they got more downloads (though they often did) but because their long-term monetization was clearer, more consistent, and more robust thanks to in-app transactions. Other types of apps didn't have that going for them, and many were sold for one-time purchase prices or offered a limited number of premium upgrades.

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    Cette pâle copie de Fall Guys fait dégringoler la concurrence / JournalDuGeek · Wednesday, 13 July - 17:00

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La recette Fall Guys fonctionne tellement bien que sa copie mobile s’impose en haut des classements sur iPhone et Android.

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    ‘Pirate’ Streaming Apps Beat Netflix and Disney in Brazil’s Play Store / TorrentFreak · Thursday, 16 June - 07:56 · 2 minutes

apps Over the past decade, mobile applications have become the standard platform for most people to consume content online.

Whether it’s for shopping, news, or entertainment, there is a mobile app available for any type of content.

This shift in consumption patterns is not limited to legal content; streaming piracy has gone mobile as well. Pirate streaming apps often have to be sideloaded onto devices but can be occasionally found in official app stores too.

App store operators Apple and Google clearly state that copyright-infringing apps are against their terms and conditions, but some still get through. In Brazil, the situation appears to be getting out of hand.

Pirate Apps Beat Streaming Giants

Local news site Tecmundo spotted that several of the most popular entertainment apps in the local Play Store give access to pirated streams. Apps such as “Cine Vision V5” and “MegaFlix” rank higher than Netflix, HBO and Disney.

This isn’t a recent trend either. Streaming piracy apps have been dominating the top charts for weeks on end, if not longer. And there are many alternative versions in circulation as well.

The apps in question, which include “MegaFlix”, stream pirated copies of movies and TV shows. These are then monetized through ads. This can be quite lucrative, as some of the apps have millions of downloads.

Over time some applications have been removed from the Play Store, but the ones at the top of the rankings today have been listed there for a while without running into trouble.

5M+ Downloads, 82K Reviews

Looking at the Play Store reviews , it’s immediately clear that these aren’t just a few fringe apps. Cine Vision V5, for example, has over 82,000 reviews at the time of writing and the vast majority are positive.

“Incredible! [Cine Vision V5] has content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, Apple TV, among others. It’s as if I had subscribed to all these streams, only without paying anything,” one reviewer writes.

“Very good app. Episodes can be marked as watched and do not confuse later to continue. Few ads,” another adds.

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These appear to be legitimate reviews and similar positive comments are regularly made on social media. Strangely enough, however, this hype is mostly limited to Brazil. In most other countries, the app doesn’t appear to have gathered much steam.

A Local Problem?

The positive comments are local too. When we first looked at the reviews, the ones we saw mostly complained that the app only listed trailers, not the full content. After changing to the Brazilian store, the rave reviews appeared.

This suggests that some of these apps function differently depending on what country they’re downloaded from. And indeed, this is also what our own experience confirms.

After failing to find a copy of “Cine Vision V5” in our local Play Store, we managed to install “MegaFlix”. To our surprise, the app only listed trailers. This is also confirmed by various negative reviews . In Portuguese , however, the feedback is mostly positive.

Apparently, the developers purposefully limit the audience of their full apps to a few locales. It’s possible they’d rather not attract attention in certain countries and that may also help apps pass the Google review process.

While this is an interesting approach, flying under the radar is hard when the apps consistently appear in the ‘most popular’ charts. Eventually, copyright holders will take notice.

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