Google under fire for refusing to block fake apps

Google has been criticised for refusing to block fake apps in its store that claim to protect users against the WannaCry ransomware virus.

Researchers from McAfee say the apps do not work as advertised and will instead bombard the phone with adverts.

For those interested in the apps to protect their phone will be wasting their time since WannaCry exploited a flaw in the Microsoft operating system.

In addition, McAfee says the apps might contain malware that could steal user’s bank details though this was not found on the malware they tested.

Now industry watchers say that Google should do more to screen apps and days after McAfee reported the malware to Google, the apps were still available for downloading.

Google says it has now taken action.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Homeland Security has announced the vulnerability of a flaw in the networking software Samba which could leave thousands of computers open to a similar WannaCry attack.

While hackers are not exploiting the vulnerability, the Department is urging administrators and users to apply a security patch.

T-Mobile unveils its ‘Digits’ program

T-Mobile customers in the US will be able to use their phone number across multiple devices by installing an app to do so.

The phone network says it will create a seamless integration so customers can access their service from a variety of devices rather than just a mobile phone.

The phone number is free to customers though they can pay for extra packages including in-flight Wi-Fi. The app is available for devices including tablets and wearables as well as laptops.

The move is similar to that from the tech giants and sees the phone number being separated from the phone in the same way Google Voice and AppleID do.

One reason for the move is that T-Mobile says that 30 million people in the US, particularly business owners, own two phones and two plans and they are effectively wasting $10 billion every year.

In other Miratrix news …

Parents in one US city can download a new app that will help them find free nutritious meals for their children in Minneapolis. The app is being created by charity aimed at helping children enjoy a healthy start to life.

A new app launched by a start-up technology firm in Leeds will help users find budget friendly mobile phone contracts. The app, yboo, has been launched after research revealed that the average UK phone user is overpaying by nearly £160 every year on their mobile phone bill.

Police in Hertfordshire have unveiled a new app to help people report crimes as well as receiving news and accessing a live web chat facility with staff.

A judge has ruled that British paedophiles can be banned from using the Snapchat app because it deletes images. The landmark case follows an appeal from a convicted sex offender who was prevented from using a device capable of not retaining its Internet history.

The popularity of the Chinese chat app, WeChat, is rocketing in popularity with one in three of the app’s 890 million active users spending four hours a day on it.

Microsoft has unveiled a new app for Android and iOS called Mixer Create which enables users to broadcast live streams of their activities to their Mixer audience. Users will, in future, also be able to livestream their mobile phone games.

A new app from what3words is offering to make Google Maps obsolete by offering more accuracy. Instead of using postcodes, the app uses a system that reduces mistakes by using 40,000 words and an algorithm to break the world down into 57 trillion squares covering 3 square metres.

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