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Apple has pulled from its App Store a utility that revealed how the software installed on iPhones is fondling punters' data. The Clueful app was created by security company Bitdefender and approved to go on sale in May. However, the privacy tool was yanked this week for reasons that are unclear. Clueful analyses apps …
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We need to invent a drinking game, where every time Foxconn is mentioned on this website in an Apple story, we have to down a pint a pint of cider!
They'll be a few IT people sacked for being sozzoled on the job within a week for sure! Better make sure that park bench has wifi!
But when's the last time they've resorted to name calling and childish behaviour with microsoft?
It's not hard to see microsoft advertises here a lot and they also happen to get the best treatment out of all the big companies. Apple ignores them so they're most butt hurt about apple and yet they also feel the need to talk about apple all the time. It'd be far more interesting to see more news about Linux but I guess that won't draw in the viewers.
Maybe the Reg should be renamed to the Microsoft marketing biz? Especially considering those obnoxious ads they were displaying about the private Microsoft cloud that appeared and would suddenly drop the screen about a third of the way down and turn everything a sanitarium blue.
Reg readers who couldn't find their way to Adblock Plus and therewith avoid a mass of crappy advertising from Microsoft and others of that ilk ! But then, of course, one does have to be using a half-way decent browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, for the extension to be supported - IE users need not apply....
It could also use URL scheme detection, by apps that expose that. But yeah not a fool proof method as they themselves admit on their FAQ:
"Why do apps I have not installed sometimes appear in MyApps list?
Sorry about that!Due to iOS limitations set in place for your own good, Clueful sometimes misfires, detecting apps you might not have, or detecting an app twice.To get rid of the offending entry, just swipe the app from right to left and tap I don't have this!"
Apple traditionally bans developers and product that does not conform to the delusional teachings of Saint Jobs. No fawning? No scraping? Then on yer bike.
If you do not think everyone in Cupertino has angel wings and halos you are kicked to the curb in minutes. The new Apple HQ is being built for less because they do not need sewer vents. Their crap never stinks.
Apps had to be analysed by humans over at Bitdefender and then re-checked at every update. This wasn't happening very fast with many apps showing outdated ratings and misleading users.
Clueful didn't know which version of the apps you had installed either, so they couldn't tell how up to date the results were.
Either the app was breaking out of its sandbox to analyse other apps, or it was relying on an external database to report on other apps, from the article it's clear it was the latter and further that said database was often inaccurate.
Booted for failing the 'works as advertised' test.
The tool may just be alarmist. Just because you use the API to access the address book, it doesn't mean you're uploading it all to your server. An app I've written for example load this data so it can present it in a way that can be multi-selected allowing the user to send emails.
"because you use the API to access the address book, it doesn't mean you're uploading it all to your server"
Your kidding right!
And just because your staring at page 3, it doesn't mean your thinking how good it would be to give her some jewels, like your pearl necklace, yeah?
Less technically savvy users could get a little scared by an app which tells them how their data is being used, possibly?
What pisses me off no end about Apple, is that they just never say why - there's ZERO transparency.
Remember that good old 1984 advert, waaaay back in the day?
There's more than a little irony in the fact that Apple seem to have become what they despised about IBM.
The Jobs reality distortion field often bordered on Doublespeak.
If you read the biography, it's clear Jobs held consumers, generally, in contempt.
"I'll tell them what's good for them because they don't know themselves"
Sure, Apple products are slick, but it's the ethos that bugs the hell out of me.
Ultimately, however, it's about choice - and if you use Apple, they tend to choose for you...
Even if the info in the app is not 100% accurate, it is also aptly named Clueful. Anyhow, an app's fitness for purpose is irrelevant to it's acceptance into the App Store (if this wasn't the case App Store would be a lot less populous).
But that would go against the unwritten rules about opaqueness. Apple must protect the illusion that App Store is Always Safe and Cuddly.
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