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Ground-breaking App Used by Air Ambulance Crews

A new app which enables air ambulance services to see patients before arriving to treat them is currently under trial.

The GoodSam app is being put through its spaces in two areas in England with the app sending a link to whoever called 999 on a mobile phone to open live streaming.

The images will then show medics how poorly the patient is before they set off.

Results so far, claim those air crews who have tested it, ‘have been promising’.

New bank app allows access to 21 different banks

The new mobile phone app from HSBC enables users to access up to 21 different banks including Barclays, Lloyds and Santander.

Customers will now be able to see all their accounts on one screen, regardless of who they bank with.

The Connected Money app also allows users to add their savings, mortgages and loans accounts but it’s only available for iOS users currently. Android users will be able to use it ‘soon’.

iOS Messages users hit by ‘Black Dot’

Users of Apple’s Messages app are being warned over a malicious text called the ‘Black Dot’ which will force their iPhone to freeze and, potentially, overheat.

When the text message is opened there is a black dot followed by thousands of Unicode characters which are invisible and flood the phone’s CPU until the Messages app stops working.

The users that open the text message will find their phone will be paralysed and removing it will be difficult since restarting means they will jump back into the app – and the issue begins all over again.

Indeed, until Apple releases a firmware update to address the problem, users will struggle to overcome the problem.

WhatsApp users get a warning too

Meanwhile, WhatsApp users are being warned not to open an innocent looking message since it is malicious.

The subject line reads, ‘This is very interesting!’ but has hidden characters within it which will force the phone to shut down or stop working.

Google’s Play Store security questioned

Researchers have questioned Google’s security protection after apps that had been banned from the Play Store simply changed name and were put back on sale.

Symantec say they found seven malicious apps that were previously removed by Google after being flagged up as security risks.

However, they say that the apps have been re-uploaded from new developer accounts with a new name and are available for download.

After the apps were re-reported, Google has now removed them once more.

In other Miratrix news …

It has been revealed that the UK government has asked five app consultancy firms to develop an immigration app that will be used to help register’s EU citizens after Brexit.

A class action lawsuit has been launched in California against Facebook after revelations that the firm collected data logs of phone calls and messages through via its smartphone apps.

Facebook Faces Lawsuit Over its Messenger App

Three Facebook Messenger app users have launched a lawsuit against the online giant over privacy concerns.

They claim that the social network violated their privacy by compiling phone call logs and their text messages.

The lawsuit follows Facebook’s acknowledgement that it has been accessing text and call logs from Android phones since 2015.

The firm says that only those users who gave permissions have been affected and it did not collect the contents of calls or messages and users can opt of data collection.

Meanwhile, while giving evidence to MPs, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie claimed that Facebook is using user’s mobile phone microphones to listen to their user’s conversations and tailor adverts to their needs when using the firm’s apps.

BBC announces an app to capture children’s audience

The BBC has responded to growing on-demand viewing habits by unveiling an app aimed at children.

The broadcaster says it is currently running the risk of ‘being overtaken by competitors’.

In its latest Annual Plan, it says that 82% of children are going to YouTube to enjoy on-demand content, around 50% head to Netflix and 29% use the BBC iPlayer.

Now, the BBC is launching an app aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds to provide a ‘daily diet of funny, inspiring and fascinating facts’.

The app will also help users build social communities around their passions.

In research, it’s been revealed that children aged between 5 to 15 are spending more time online than they do watching TV; it is 15 hours 18 minutes for online viewing and 14 hours for TV. Also, 43% of those aged between 12 and 15 are using their mobile phone for watching TV.

Mobile phone app only bank moves into business

The award winning Starling Bank is the first UK licensed mobile only bank to unveil a business account for entrepreneurs and small firms.

The app is easy to use and enables small business owners to open their account in under 10 minutes, direct from their mobile phone.

The bank account carries no fees for running the account and there are no fees for making payments or withdrawing cash.

The bank says customers can manage their bank account from their mobile phone and can pay suppliers, including international payments, directly from the app.

In other mobile phone app news …

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been accused of spying on millions of voters using a mobile phone app that was downloaded more than 5 million times. The app apparently sent user’s personal data to third-party websites without permission.

Traders in the Shropshire town of Bridgnorth are using their WhatsApp messaging app to fight against a wave of shoplifting by communicating effectively between businesses warning them of shoplifters.

The TPS Protect app, launched last August, has been updated to help users block unwanted scam and nuisance calls – and now it helps protects against those selling cryptocurrency investments.