Posts

App Helps Avoid Shopping Queues

A supermarket has unveiled a new app that will enable its customer to scan and pay for their goods on their mobile phones as they make their way around the store.

The money is deducted directly from their credit card or bank account.

Sainsbury says its trial could make queues a thing of the past as customers scan their goods as they put them in their basket.

While it’s still early stages, the app is being tested by the supermarket in a London branch where shoppers buying the £3 lunchtime meal deal can use the app to pay.

Sainsbury’s says feedback has been positive so far though they do not know when the scheme will be eventually rolled out to its other stores.

Investors warned over mobile share trading apps

Cyber security experts are warning that some of the most popular mobile phone apps for trading shares are open to attack from hackers.

IOActive Labs says that criminals could steal money, trade shares and also check the customer’s net worth.

Indeed, the firm has checked 21 of the most popular stock trading apps and say they are worse than the personal banking apps tested by them four years ago.

A spokesman said: “There is better mobile app security when checking bank balances and paying our gas bill than found in trading apps that transfer billions and help shape the financial markets.”

Among the issues found in the apps, two exposed passwords in clear text while two in three of the apps stored sensitive data including account balances and investment strategies in an unencrypted form.

Twitter unveils lightweight mobile app

Twitter has joined the trend to slim down its mobile app for those regions where data may be slow.

The social media platform has confirmed it is testing a lightweight version in the Philippines where limited data and slower mobile phone networks make the standard app impractical.

The firm says the app focuses on Twitter’s core functions without the data chewing media abilities.

While Twitter says its move towards a light app is an experiment, they refuse to reveal whether it will be available in other countries but they have now joined Google and Facebook who are targeting similar regions with their own slimmed down mobile apps.

iPhone X face recognition restriction

Those buying the new iPhone X have been warned by Apple that children should not be using its facial recognition technology.

They say that the faces of children under the age of 13 are too similar to each other and are unable to protect the phone from intruders.

The system, called FaceID, will unlock the phone and enable access to apps and also verify payments.

Now Apple says, in a security paper it has published, that children’s faces are still developing and siblings could unlock the phone.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

Indian mobile phone users are being warned of the dangers of fake ‘Blue Whale’ apps masking malware that will attack their phone. The country is in the grip of Blue Whale, a social media game challenge, mania currently.

Police in Shanghai are using a mobile phone app to deal with food delivery employees committing traffic violations in the Chinese city. Every food outlet must now install the app for their couriers so police can track activities and record on the app the latest violation.

Electric carmaker Tesla has boosted its mobile application in its latest update offering and the app will now open the Model 3’s boot directly from the phone. The app also enables users to unlock and lock the car and also start the engine.

Android phone users are complaining that the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update has led to apps crashing unexpectedly on the firm’s Pixel and Nexus devices.

A security company in Russian has unveiled a smartphone that will prevent apps on it from collecting personal data. The Taiga phone from InfoWatch prevents apps from tracking user activities including work-related emails, photographs and documents. It also prevents an app from sending the user’s data to the creator.

America’s Most Used Apps Revealed

New research has revealed that the most used mobile apps in America are Facebook, YouTube and Facebook Messenger.

The findings from ComScore also revealed that the average adult mobile phone user spends around 2.3 hours every day on their mobile apps.

When the data is analysed, apps account for 87% of the time used, while the mobile web is used for 13% of the time.

However, the most popular apps that have been placed on the home screen for quick access are: Facebook, Gmail, Google Maps, Amazon and Facebook Messenger.

The findings also reveal that millennials, those people aged between 18 and 24, spent two thirds of their digital media time using a mobile app – more than any other group.

Millennial’s hate uncool app designs

Comscore’s findings also reveal that Millennials are often left unimpressed with an app’s design and are killing them off at an unprecedented pace.

They will delete the app if they don’t like how it appears on the screen and logos also matter.

The firm adds that Snapchat is closing in on Instagram for popularity.

Spyware fears leads to apps removal

The fear over spyware has led to Google removing more than 500 apps from its online store.

The move follows findings from security firm Lookout which revealed that the apps could spread spyware on the user’s Android phone.

The software has the ability to siphon a user’s personal data without alerting them or the app creator. Indeed, most of the app developers were unaware of potential security flaws.

Among the apps to cause potential problems are SelfieCity and Lucky Cash – both of these have now been fixed.

Mobile phone satnav use could lead to ban

Drivers in the UK who use their mobile phone as a satnav could be facing hefty penalties.

The government has warned motorists that they will be breaking the law if they run a navigation app on their phone while driving.

The crackdown on drivers using their mobiles while behind the wheel began in April.

However, it appears that the message has not entirely reached everyone and drivers are being warned they face prosecution if they use a mobile phone while at the wheel of a car.

In addition to a £200 fine, drivers can also be banned from driving.

Android Oreo begins roll-out

The new OS for Android, Oreo, will be rolled out over the coming weeks for Nexus and Pixel phones.

There are various cosmetic updates and new features for Oreo and the OS will be, Google claims, more popular than Nougat which is used on 15% of Android devices.

The firm says phone makers look set to launch or upgrade their new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of the year.

This is the eighth major release for what is the world’s most popular mobile OS.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

Facebook has revealed that its users can take 360° photos using its app and use them as a cover image. The capability is now being rolled out and users can tag friends and also zoom into the image.

Repairing the damaged screen of a mobile phone could lead to hackers gaining control of the device. An Israeli university says hackers can plant spyware in the screen and users are warned to avoid third-party screens for their replacement since these can connect to chips in a mobile device and allow hackers access to apps and the phone’s camera.

Kaspersky Labs says there’s been an unusual spike in activity for mobile Trojan clickers to steal cash from Android users using WAP (wireless application protocol) billing. There are now thousands of affected users around the world including Russia and India.