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      Epic Games va devenir un concurrent d’Apple sur l’iPhone, voici comment

      news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · 5 days ago - 16:02

    Apple Fortnite Epic Games

    Epic Games vient d'annoncer le retour du jeu Fortnite sur l'iPhone en Europe. Il devrait être accompagné de l'Epic Games Store dans son ensemble.
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      Apple’s App Store is Riddled With Popular Piracy Brands (Update)

      news.movim.eu / TorrentFreak · Thursday, 15 February - 22:01 · 3 minutes

    Apple is known to have a rigorous app-review policy that aims to keep piracy at bay. In the past, several BitTorrent apps have been rejected from the App Store , for example.

    Despite these efforts, problematic apps slip through the cracks occasionally. We’ve seen piracy apps disguised as other tools getting approval and a recent report from The Verge shows that this trick still works today.

    Apple was swift to patch this recent leak after it hit the newswire. The company booted the ‘vision testing’ app “Kimi” from the iOS store, disappointing many pirates in the process.

    Apple’s App Store Isn’t Piracy Free Yet

    Those determined to find a Kimi alternative still don’t have to look far. In less than a minute, we were able to spot another pirate streaming app that’s not concealed at all. The app in question uses popular piracy brands such as “Gomovies” and “123movies” in its name, and lives up to expectations.

    Users who manage to crawl through a web of advertisements eventually have access to a wide range of popular movies and TV-shows. This includes blockbuster movies, Disney shows, and Apple exclusives such as the hit series Silo , shown in action below.

    Pirate iOS App streaming Silo

    silo pirate

    Apparently, Apple still has some work to do on the screening front. This includes fixing the link on its website through which people can report software piracy, as that currently goes to a 404-error page .

    The app we found has been around since May last year and has more than 1,600 reviews. We don’t know whether it always functioned as a pirate tool and Apple didn’t immediately return our request for comment.

    Apple generally has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to piracy. The company wants complete control over all installed apps and it previously noted that the ban on sideloading helps to prevent piracy as well. It’s clearly not perfect, however.

    Piracy Brands (Legally) in Apple’s App Store

    Our search also revealed that not all piracy ‘associations’ are off-limits at Apple. In fact, one could argue that piracy-related terms are actively used to promote some non-pirate apps in the official iOS store. Whether all users are happy with that is questionable.

    Let’s look at a few examples, searching the app store for well-known piracy brands such as 123movies , Fmovies , Cuevana , and ShowBox . All these terms return apps that offer access to a large library of movies and TV-shows, much like their pirate counterparts.

    Fmovies Results (doesn’t include the ‘piracy’ app)

    These brands and logos may look exciting to prospective pirates, but those who install the apps will soon realize that entertainment is limited to trailers. The lucky ones may get links to legal streaming platforms as well.

    No pirated movies here either

    silo pirate

    In some cases, the apps allow users to keep track of what they’ve watched, which can be useful. However, most are riddled with ads. As such, it doesn’t take a genius to find out why their names, and in some cases logos, are similar to pirate streaming brands.

    Unlike the real piracy apps, many of these ‘mockoffs’ have been in the App Store for years. That makes sense, of course, as they are not breaking the law. That said, it can lead to disappointing reviews.

    Apple doesn’t seem to mind, or perhaps it isn’t privy to the problem. We assume that some anti-piracy groups are aware of these apps, but they should be fine with it. After all, it’s a great way to frustrate and annoy pirates.

    Needless to say, real pirate streaming apps are a completely different thing…

    Update February 15: The pirated app we spotted earlier is no longer available. Apple informs TorrentFreak that it was initially submitted as a movie trailer platform. After the initial approval, the app added pirated content. This is in violation of the App Store guidelines. Another app that used a similar tactic was removed as well.

    From: TF , for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

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      A password manager LastPass calls “fraudulent” booted from App Store

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 8 February - 22:16 · 1 minute

    A password manager LastPass calls “fraudulent” booted from App Store

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    As Apple has stepped up its promotion of its App Store as a safer and more trustworthy source of apps, its operators scrambled Thursday to correct a major threat to that narrative: a listing that password manager maker LastPass said was a “fraudulent app impersonating” its brand.

    At the time this article on Ars went live, Apple had removed the app—titled LassPass and bearing a logo strikingly similar to the one used by LastPass—from its App Store. At the same time, Apple allowed a separate app submitted by the same developer to remain. Apple provided no explanation for the reason for removing the former app or for allowing the latter one to remain.

    Apple warns of “new risks” from competition

    The move comes as Apple has beefed up its efforts to promote the App Store as a safer alternative to competing sources of iOS apps mandated recently by the European Union. In an interview with App Store head Phil Schiller published this month by FastCompany, Schiller said the new app stores will “bring new risks”—including pornography, hate speech, and other forms of objectionable content—that Apple has long kept at bay.

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      Apple va lancer iOS 17.4 avec ces 3 fonctionnalités clés

      news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 5 February - 15:30

    Iphone Chine

    Apple devrait lancer iOS 17.4 avant la mi-mars. Au coeur de la mise à jour, plusieurs fonctionnalités exclusives à l'Europe.
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      Apple : pourquoi 2024 est l’année de tous les dangers ?

      news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Saturday, 27 January - 09:00

    Apple Wwdc23 Tim Cook Apple Vision Pro

    Pour l'entreprise de Tim Cook, l'année 2024 est celle de tous les défis. Entre la sortie du Vision Pro, la réglementation européenne ou encore l'intelligence artificielle, la Pomme devra faire les bons choix.
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      Apple announces sweeping EU App Store policy changes—including sideloading

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 25 January - 20:48

    iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max lined up on a table

    Enlarge / The iPhone 15 lineup.

    To comply with European Union regulations, Apple has introduced sweeping changes that make iOS and Apple's other operating systems more open. The changes are far-reaching and touch many parts of the user experience on the iPhone. They'll be coming as part of iOS 17.4 in March.

    Apple will introduce "new APIs and tools that enable developers to offer their iOS apps for download from alternative app marketplaces," as well as a new framework and set of APIs that allow third parties to set up and manage those stores—essentially new forms of apps that can download other apps without going through the App Store. That includes the ability to manage updates for other developers' apps that are distributed through the marketplaces.

    The company will also offer APIs and a new framework for third-party web browsers to use browser engines other than Safari's WebKit. Until now, browsers like Chrome and Firefox were still built on top of Apple's tech. They essentially were mobile Safari, but with bookmarks and other features tied to alternative desktop browsers.

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      Sans Apple, Spotify pourrait proposer des abonnements 30% moins chers

      news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Thursday, 25 January - 13:00

    Spotify Apple App Store

    Au début du mois de mars, Apple va ouvrir l'App Store à la concurrence. Une décision européenne qui aura de gros impacts pour les utilisateurs.
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      Spotify attend qu’Apple lui lâche la grappe pour lancer son app idéale

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 24 January - 15:33

    Spotify

    Spotify a montré à quoi ressemblerait son application sur iOS si Apple était moins pénible. Le géant du streaming espère que tout va changer avec l'arrivée du règlement européen DMA. Ce n'est pas gagné : Apple est loin d'apprécier le DMA et pourrait contrarier Spotify avec d'autres bâtons dans les roues.

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      OpenAI’s GPT Store lets ChatGPT users discover popular user-made chatbot roles

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 10 January - 19:41 · 1 minute

    Two robots hold a gift box.

    Enlarge (credit: Getty Images / Benj Edwards )

    On Wednesday, OpenAI announced the launch of its GPT Store —a way for ChatGPT users to share and discover custom chatbot roles called "GPTs"—and ChatGPT Team , a collaborative ChatGPT workspace and subscription plan. OpenAI bills the new store as a way to "help you find useful and popular custom versions of ChatGPT" for members of Plus, Team, or Enterprise subscriptions.

    "It’s been two months since we announced GPTs, and users have already created over 3 million custom versions of ChatGPT," writes OpenAI in its promotional blog. "Many builders have shared their GPTs for others to use. Today, we're starting to roll out the GPT Store to ChatGPT Plus, Team and Enterprise users so you can find useful and popular GPTs."

    OpenAI launched GPTs on November 6, 2023, as part of its DevDay event. Each GPT includes custom instructions and/or access to custom data or external APIs that can potentially make a custom GPT personality more useful than the vanilla ChatGPT-4 model. Before the GPT Store launch, paying ChatGPT users could create and share custom GPTs with others (by setting the GPT public and sharing a link to the GPT), but there was no central repository for browsing and discovering user-designed GPTs on the OpenAI website.

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