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Windows Store Loses Fake Apps, Apple iWatch Incoming, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 28-08-2014

Also, Twitter analyzes your tweets, Kinect for Xbox One, a side order of smartphones, selfish Olympus unveils selfie camera, and real life imitates art when a SWAT team stops a live stream.


Microsoft Removes Fake Apps

Microsoft is currently purging Windows Store of the fake apps that risked ruining the reputation of Windows 8. That is to say what little reputation Windows 8 has left. In total, 1,500 apps have been removed for offering little or no value to customers. Many of these apps were actually paid versions of free software, with the vendors profiting from people’s ignorance.

As well as the purge, Microsoft is changing its app certification requirements to help lessen the issue in the future. Rules about the naming, categorization, and choice of icon are all being stiffened to stop these vendors trying to scam innocent people out of money. Anyone who has already spent money on the apps now removed from Windows Store Simply Install Apps And Games In Windows 8 One of the key benefits of the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the addition of the Windows 8 Store, absent from the previous Windows 8 Developer Preview. This new tool streamlines the process, allowing... Read More are promised a refund.

Microsoft clearly shouldn’t have let this happen, but the company deserves credit for tackling the issue head-on once it was brought to its attention. It’s just a shame Windows 8 sucks so bad in the first place.

Apple iWatch Due In September

Apple is set to unveil its first wearable technology on September 9, the same day it reveals the new iPhone(s) Apple Supersizes iPhone & iPad, Instagram Hyperlapse Turns Heads, And More... [Tech News Digest] HP didn't start the fire, Uber goes on lunch break, the Sounds of Street View are melodious, the sounds of typewriters typing are annoying, and reasons to never take selfies in front of people. Read More . Re/code claims the company is all set to reveal its first foray into this market, with a smartwatch that will be called either the iWatch or the iTime. Either way, the lower-case “i” is guaranteed.

Apple’s smartwatch 5 Alternatives to the Apple iWatch That Are Already Available Rumors that Apple is developing a smartwatch have caused a wave of new interest in this relatively small and obscure market. What is a smartwatch? Do they already exist? What can they do? These are... Read More will, as has been rumored for months, be focused on tracking health and fitness, with HealthKit likely to be integrated into the hardware. The big question still yet to be answered is how the iWatch will look. The latest rumors suggest a curved screen that stretches around the wrist. Which would at least be original. And then be copied by Samsung.


Twitter Opens Analytics To All

Twitter has opened the analytics dashboard to everyone (with a few exceptions) using the social media site. This was previously reserved for advertising and verified users, but now everyone can obsess over the performance of their tweets. And believe me, you will obsess over it.

Standalone Xbox One Kinect Announced

Microsoft has announced plans to release a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One. The device will cost $150, be available to buy from October 7, and come with a free copy of Dance Central Spotlight.

Kinect formerly came bundled with every Xbox One sold, but Microsoft removed Kinect from the equation in order to drop the price of the Xbox One. Despite criticism from developers and gamers alike, this decision has doubled sales. And yet the PS4 is still winning the current console war. Oops.

Burger King Selling Smartphones

You can now buy a smartphone alongside your Whopper, as Burger King has started selling a range of mobile handsets. The handsets, which include the LG G2, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the Motorola Droid Mini, are actually free as long as you sign up for a two-year service plan with Sprint or Verizon and order online using the promo code “FREEPHONE” [No Longer Available]. Burger King must be really desperate for you to download its mobile app before it moves to Canada.


Olympus Camera Made For Selfies

If you love taking selfies but think smartphone cameras 10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier "Does your phone have a camera on it?" said no one since 2005. Nobody even asks how many megapixels your phone's camera has anymore. With the ubiquity of smartphones today, and the resolution of the... Read More just aren’t up to the job, then the Olympus PEN E-PL7 may be just the camera for you. It features a retro design and a 3-inch LCD screen that flips around to make taking selfies easier than ever.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in September priced at $600. Which will be small change to the hipsters who need this in their lives 7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters Hipsters, or scenesters as they're sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it's actually the norm (or at... Read More .

SWAT Team Stops A Live Stream

And finally, a random guy live-streaming himself playing Counter-Strike was stopped in his tracks when a SWAT team raided his office. The whole thing was captured on video until one of the officers shut down the stream and then the computer.

The incident appears to have been a prank call, with someone calling the police claiming a shooting had taken place and hostages were being held. Which explains the aggressiveness shown towards this innocent person. Explains, not justifies.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is Microsoft doing enough to combat fake apps in the Windows Store? Are you excited to see Apple’s first foray into the wearables market? Will you be spending your weekend analyzing your tweets?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. dragonmouth
    August 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    "the company deserves credit for tackling the issue head-on once it was brought to its attention."
    Whoop-de-freakin'-do! There shouldn't have been an issue in the first place. Does M$ let just anybody dump apps into the Windows Store? Don't they check for garbage apps? Oh wait, all Windows apps are garbage to start with so there's no way to tell the difference between fake garbage and real garbage. Fruitco has never allowed this to happen.

    • Heathaze
      August 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Another apple fan girl dumping on MS. What a shocker! Get a life, troll.

    • likefunbutnot
      August 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm


      Fruitco has other issues. Their devices have a much lower level of general utility and therefore more need of apps. The Fruits can't DO much of anything without a bunch of third-party help.

      IE, whipping boy that it might be, is a grown up desktop browser that's capable of rendering normal desktop web pages. RT can print and scan and read USB disks without any help, and RT has baked in file management like a grown-up operating system. All of this is in contrast to Fruit things, which can't even share access to the same file between applications and in point of fan can't even consistently share data at all.

    • Dave P
      September 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Apple has taken a different approach, which is to be overly picky before allowing anything onto the App Store. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it has led to legitimate companies having their apps removed for bullshit reasons.

      Microsoft has given developers more freedom, and some assholes have taken advantage.

  2. likefunbutnot
    August 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I suspect that there was some kind of managerial edict in place at Microsoft for bolstering the number of available Windows Store apps rather than removing clearly suspect options. Did they really think no one with a Windows 8 device was going to search for iTunes or Firefox in the Store? There aren't so many available modern UI applications published that it would be out of the question for a single human being to be familiar with all of them.

    • Dave P
      September 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Do you really believe that? I'm less cynical, but I could be trusting Microsoft's motives too much here.

      They should have realized there was a problem sooner though, rather than waiting until a tech blogger publicized it.