Windows Store Loses Fake Apps, Apple iWatch Incoming, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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 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) . 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 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
The best stat on Twitter’s analytics page? User profile clicks. Aka the ‘I want to see their picture a bit bigger’ metric.
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) August 27, 2014
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
Burger King is a Canadian company as of today. I’ve never been less proud.
— Justin Pot (@jhpot) August 26, 2014
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 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.
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?
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