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BlackBerry To Kill Paid Apps From Its App Store

BlackBerry Limited manages BlackBerry brand licensing and software

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BlackBerry. IANS
  • Blackberry will remove paid apps from its app stores
  • The change will begin from April 1 od this year
  • Blackberry will remove all the paid content

BlackBerry Limited has informed a few app developers that it will forcibly remove paid software from the “BlackBerry World” app store from April 1.

“BlackBerry has started alerting developers with paid apps in the ‘BlackBerry World’ store through email. According to the message, BB10 users won’t be able to purchase anything from the store starting on April 1 when the paid content will be removed,” SlashGear reported late on Tuesday.

Blackberry removes all paid apps from its app stores. Wikimedia Commons
Blackberry removes all paid apps from its app stores. Wikimedia Commons

The company reportedly said the marketplace will become a “free-only storefront” and that “all purchasing mechanisms will be disabled”.

“That switch from paid to free must happen by March 31. Any paid content that hasn’t been converted will simply be removed altogether on the next day. Developers who only have free content on ‘BlackBerry World’ don’t need to take any action,” the report added.

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In December 2017, BlackBerry had promised to support BB10 for at least two more years with “BlackBerry World” slated to close down officially on December 31, 2019.

The developers are being informed of this development. Wikimedia Commons
The developers are being informed of this development. Wikimedia Commons

BlackBerry 10 or BB10 is a proprietary mobile operating system for the BlackBerry line of smartphones, both developed by BlackBerry Limited.

BlackBerry Limited manages BlackBerry brand licensing and software. IANS

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Google Removes 29 Malicious Apps That Steal Users’ Information

Furthermore, the camera apps used packers to prevent them from being analysed

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

Google has deleted 29 malicious “beauty camera” apps that were sharing pornographic content and forwarding users, particularly in India, to phishing websites to steal their information.

Some of these Android apps have been downloaded millions of times and a large number of the download counts originated from Asia — particularly in India, said a report from US-based cyber security firm Trend Micro.

The apps have now been removed by Google from the Play Store.

“A user downloading one of these apps will not immediately suspect that there is anything amiss, until they decide to delete the app,” said Trend Micro.

The app will push several full screen ads when users unlock their devices, including malicious ads (such as fraudulent content and pornography) that will pop up via the user’s browser.

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“During our analysis, we found a paid online pornography player that was downloaded when clicking the pop up,” the report added.

None of these apps gave any indication that they were the ones behind the ads, thus users might find it difficult to determine where they’re coming from.

Some of these apps redirected to phishing websites that asked the user for personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers.

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“For example, the package com.beauty.camera.project.cloud will create a shortcut after being launched. However, it will hide its icon from the application list, making it more difficult for users to uninstall the app since they will be unable to drag and delete it,” Trend Micro noted.

Furthermore, the camera apps used packers to prevent them from being analysed. (IANS)