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White House launches challenge to create anti-sexual assault app

The Apple iPhone slogan and refrain of smartphone users worldwide — “there’s an app for that” — will soon be true of sexual assault prevention as well. The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and Vice President Joe Biden launched a joint challenge that is hoped to…

U.S. judge unimpressed with Apple ‘App Store’ trademark claim

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid by Apple to immediately stop Amazon.com from calling its online shop for smartphone programs an “App Store.” US District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton didn’t buy Apple’s argument that the phrase “App Store” was tantamount to a trademark, which it has applied for.…

Creepy app uses facial recognition to count women in bars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new app aims to maximize the chances of meeting a member of the opposite sex by using facial recognition technology to show how many men and women there are in any given bar. Scene Tap’s app also records how crowded a bar is by logging…

Batphone app will record ultrasonic bat sounds

LONDON — Scientists have created a “batphone” by designing a smartphone app to help people capture the ultrasonic calls of bats in their area, the Zoological Society of London has revealed. The iBats app for iPhones and Android phones aims to make it easier to monitor local bat species, by…

No new ‘drunk driving’ apps for Apple

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Apple, in a move hailed by a group of US senators, has agreed not to allow any new iPhone applications in the App Store that identify police drunk-driving checkpoints. Senators Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall urged Apple, Blackberry maker Research In Motion and…

Overweight? There’s an app for that

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Worried about how many calories you are going to consume in that slice of pizza, chocolate cake or bag of fries? A new iPhoneapplication may help. After taking a picture of the meal with the phone, the app gives a calorie read-out almost instantly. The app, called MealSnap,…

Apple called on to pull ‘gay cure’ app from iTunes

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Monday was under pressure to yank a so-called “gay cure” application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. More than 110,000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to remove the Exodus International…

Apple unveils digital media subscription service

WASHINGTON — Apple, in a move long-awaited by publishers seeking new sources of revenue, unveiled a subscription service on Tuesday for digital newspapers and magazines purchased through its online App Store. Music and video subscriptions will also be available through the App Store, Apple said, and will be subject to…

After outcry, Facebook delays plans to release phone numbers, addresses

WASHINGTON — Facebook, in its latest privacy flap, on Tuesday delayed a plan to share home addresses and mobile phone numbers of its members with outside developers of applications. Facebook announced on its developer blog on Friday it would begin granting developers access to home addresses and mobile numbers but…

Microsoft fights Apple claim to ‘App Store’ name

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is fighting rival Apple’s claim that it has dibs on the name “App Store,” arguing the term is generic and can be used by any shop selling programs for gadgets such as smartphones. Microsoft has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple’s request…

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